United Airlines, fourth largest at HIA, “to lead industry switch to sustainable aviation fuels” – ABC 27 Harrisburg
How did I get connected with a local news station in Harrisburg, you ask? Well just look at that byline. Seth Kaplan from Airline Weekly fame has gone back to his roots in local news, and he asked me for comment on United’s latest sustainable fuel program.
United is partnering with ten big companies to try to push sustainable fuels. I look at this and see just one of several efforts by the airline to move toward reducing the airline’s carbon impact. It has invested in electric aviation, and it has committed to investing in carbon recapture. This is an airline that is trying, albeit one that is hamstrung by technological issues.
So when I see the quote in the article from an academic saying, “All they’re doing is continuing to kill people with their pollution and continuing to kill people with global warming. What they really need to do is go to electricity and hydrogen fuel cells for all their aircraft. They’re not the aircraft builder, but they can encourage it,” it just makes me angry.