The CEOs of American Airlines, United Airlines and Delta Air Lines and other airline officials met virtually with White House officials to discuss tackling aviation pollution and urge U.S. support for greener aviation fuel.
United Chief Executive Scott Kirby made clear the carrier was fully committed to confronting the climate crisis and sought White House support for “incentives for sustainable aviation fuel and carbon capture in the forthcoming economic stimulus proposal,” the airline said in a statement.
The discussions included using biofuels to power air travel and reduce carbon emissions.
The White House said in a statement the officials were “optimistic to hear airline leaders share information about the industry’s ongoing and future efforts to address climate change, and they offered the administration’s support to strengthen and advance the airlines’ climate goals.”
The price of sustainable aviation fuel can be three or four times higher than traditional jet fuel, making it uneconomical without government support.