Recently, Delta Airlines invested $2 million in Northwest Advanced Bio-Fuels, LLC, a Delaware based company that focuses on studying options for commercial scale Bio-Fuel production. This investment foresees the opening of a new facility by Northwest in the state of Washington.
This facility would produce sustainable fuel for Delta's fleet based in Seattle, which is quite old at the average age of 15.3 years. Due to this age, more fuel is required to operate many routes of their routes, so investment in sustainable fuels is a logical solution to save the airline a significantly big amount of money.
If the program is deemed possible, it would start in Delta's hub at Seattle, and eventually expand to some of Delta's other West Coast destinations. The goal is for the first load of fuel to be delivered by 2023. If successful, this facility could provide up to 10% of the total fuel used by Delta in the West Coast.
This project is part of Delta's plan to reduce carbon emissions by 50% by 2050. Delta's efforts to achieve this goal, have also included carbon-neutral delivery flights, recycling programs, and the removal of plastics from many of its products, in addition to the purchase of new, more fuel-efficient aircraft.
The study will likely be complete by 2020, and further announcements about the project are expected to be made by the airline closer to the date.