Airlines experiment with biofuel

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WFAA

Posted on November 12, 2011 at 10:49 AM

Two big steps forward were taken this week in using a biofuel blend to power commercial airline flights.

United Airlines flew from Houston to Chicago with jet fuel made from algae, and Alaska Airlines says it will make 75 biofuel-powered flights this month.

Analysts say biofuel could eventually lead to better fuel price controls for the airlines, but not quite yet.

Alaska Airlines paid $16 a gallon for the biofuel compared to $3.15 for a gallon of jet fuel.

The hope is that the price tag will come down as refining technology improves.

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