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Hawaiian Airlines Needs To Commit To Renewable Energy

Submitted by on July 7, 2017 – 10:34 amNo Comment

by Stewart Taggart (Honolulu Civil Beat)  The carrier flies a fuel-efficient aircraft fleet but seems uncommitted to biofuels.  —  … While the state of Hawaii’s committed to 100 percent renewable energy by 2045, the commitment excludes aviation.

In an interview with Hawaiian’s inflight magazine Hana Hou, Hawaiian President and CEO Mark Dunkerley said Hawaiian’s reluctance to use biofuel blends is largely due to safety reasons because Hawaiian flies over oceans.

That fair enough. Hawaiian cares about safety. We all do. But the excuse is deflated somewhat by other airlines successfully doing it.

Take Singapore Airlines — another safety conscious carrier.

Singapore is now running a trial of weekly 8,446-mile flights from San Francisco to Singapore (twice the distance from the U.S. West Coast to Hawaii and all over water) using a biofuel blend in an Airbus A350-900.

Hawaiian’s longest route, by comparison, is about 5,000 miles.

Airbus is so confident about biofuels it offers to deliver newly-built A350s from Toulouse to buyers using a biofuel blend.

Dunkerley’s comments in Hana Hou look a bit, well, behind the news.

A more practical excuse, of course, could be lack of biofuel supply. But even there, if true, Hawaiian looks — at best — slow off the mark.

Take Alaska Airlines.

Alaska’s routinely using biofuel blends. It’s also buying biofuel from island-based Hawaii Bioenergy, presumably for the airline’s flights (over water) from Honolulu to Anchorage.  READ MORE

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