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United’s ‘Flight for the Planet’ Utilizing Biotechnology for Most Eco-Friendly Commercial Flight of its Kind

June 5, 2019
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Washington, D.C. (June 5, 2019) - Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO) President and CEO Jim Greenwood released the following statement today on the departure of United Airlines’ “Flight for the Planet.” The flight, which is traveling on World Environment Day from Chicago O’Hare to Los Angeles, is the most eco-friendly commercial flight of its kind in the history of aviation. The flight is utilizing sustainable aviation biofuel, zero cabin waste efforts with bio-based products, carbon offsetting, and operational efficiencies.

“United’s Flight for the Planet is a perfect example of how industrial biotechnology is reducing society’s carbon footprint and paving the way for sustainable travel,” said Greenwood. “Biology-driven innovations—such as biofuels and bio-based products—are helping preserve our planet, and it’s exciting to see global companies, like United, and consumers embracing these environmentally friendly advancements. We congratulate United on this historic aviation milestone and its commitment to growing the worldwide bio-based economy. BIO supports these efforts and will continue to champion policies that make the promises of biotechnology a reality.”

Click here to learn more about United’s Flight for the Planet.

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