Aeromexico is using a 15% blend of Honeywell Green Jet Fuel, produced from camelina using process technology from Honeywell’s UOP, on flights on its Mexico City to San Jose, Costa Rica route, marking one of the first uses of renewable fuels in everyday airplane passenger service. The Aeromexico-operated Boeing 737-700 carries up to 124 passengers.
Mexican agency Aeropuertos y Servicios Auxiliares (ASA) blends Green Jet Fuel with petroleum-based fuel. The agency has developed its “Flight Plan towards Sustainable Aviation Biofuels in Mexico,” program which is focused on identifying and analyzing the elements of the supply chain of aviation biofuels in Mexico.
According to ASA, the Mexican aviation sector expects biofuels to account for 1% of the fuel used in Mexico by 2015 and 15% by 2020.
The Aeromexico biofuels route comes on the heels of multiple commercial flights around the world.
Honeywell’s UOP process technology produces Green Jet Fuel from natural oils and wastes. The fuel meets all specifications for flight and, when used in a 50-50 blend with petroleum-derived jet fuel, is a drop-in replacement that requires no changes to the aircraft or engine.
To date, Honeywell Green Jet Fuel has been used in more than 20 test and commercial flights on military and commercial platforms. In each flight, the biofuel performed as well, if not better, than traditional petroleum-based fuels. The fuel received ASTM approval for commercial flight in July 2011.
Honeywell’s UOP is developing and licensing a range of processes to produce green fuels from natural feedstocks. In 2007, UOP commercialized the UOP/Eni Ecofining process to produce Honeywell Green Diesel fuel from natural oils and wastes, and in 2008, Honeywell’s UOP formed the joint venture Envergent Technologies LLC with Ensyn Corp. to offer technology that converts solid waste biomass, such as forest and agricultural residues, to renewable heat, power and transportation fuels.