traditional fuel when it took delivery of three Boeing 737 MAX
airplanes this year. The airline had praised the initiative.
“Alaska takes seriously the responsibility to deliver for all
those who depend on us — employees, guests, our commu-
nities and the environment around us — for the long term.
That’s the de;nition of sustainability,” said Diana Birkett
Rakow, vice president of external relations at Alaska Airlines.
“We congratulate our partners at Boeing for operationalizing
a drop-in sustainable aviation jet fuel option. We’re excited
to not only take advantage of the ;rst biofuel delivery, but to
continue working together to advance and scale mainstream
adoption of sustainable fuel and other practices to enhance
the aviation industry’s ability to do good.”
World Energy produces the biofuel at its re;nery in Para-
mount, California, the world’s ;rst facility designed to commer-
cially produce renewable jet fuel. Made from agriculture waste,
the fuel is certi;ed for commercial use and can be blended with
traditional jet fuel without modi;cations to airplanes, engines or
“World Energy is here to serve any organization com-
mitted to leading the shift toward a low-carbon future,” said
Bryan Sherbacow, chief commercial of;cer at World Energy.
“Companies such as Boeing understand their obligation to the
communities they serve and have taken meaningful action to
transition to cleaner energy and reduce their carbon footprint.
Our job is to manage the low-carbon fuel supply chain to
provide the product these leaders need to ef;ciently operate
and drive positive change.”
EPIC Fuels contracted to ship the biofuel to Boeing’s deliv-
ery centers in Washington. EPIC has supported Boeing’s evalua-
tion of biofuels on its ecoDemonstrator ;ight-test program.
Boeing has been a leader in fostering the development of
biofuels, including supporting the ;rst commercial aviation test
;ight ;own by Virgin Atlantic in 2008. The company’s extensive
research, testing, and review, in collaboration with other airframe
and engine manufacturers and aviation stakeholders, led to the
approval of biofuel for commercial use in 2011.
A decade after the ;rst test ;ight, airlines around the world
have ;own nearly 170,000 passenger ;ights on a blend of biofuel and petroleum fuel.
Boeing has worked with partners across the globe to
develop sustainable biofuel supplies that can be scaled and
priced competitively with traditional jet fuel. Projects have
used feedstocks such as forestry and agriculture waste, Brazilian sugarcane, and plants irrigated by coastal seawater in the
United Arab Emirates.
As of press time, the future of the Boeing 737 MAX
NATIONAL CARWASH SOLUTIONS, VACUTECH PARTNER
National Carwash Solutions (NCS), a provider of car
wash systems, cleaning solutions and maintenance services,
partnered recently with Vacutech Vacuum Systems.
Vacutech works with customers in commercial and
industrial operations that require specialized vacuum systems, including car wash operators. The company’s central
vacuum systems serve industrial applications including
mining operations and manufacturing, plus commercial
applications ranging from airports to hotels to hospitals to
Brothers John and Tom Tucker began their work in
their father’s central vacuum business more than 60 years
ago. They continued their work in the vacuum industry and
started Vacutech in 1997. The company’s engineers, system
designers, manufacturing experts and customer care representatives work at headquarters in Sheridan, Wyoming.
NCS offers brands including MacNeil, Ryko, TSS and
Clean Touch. NCS also has partnered with car wash distributors in North America including Hi-Performance Wash
Systems, Auto-Clean, Arizona Car Wash Systems, Complete
Car Wash, NuLook and Badger Land. NCS offers direct,
end-to-end customer service and a support network with
more than 400 service personnel nationwide. Founded in
1973, NCS is headquartered in Grimes, Iowa, and employs
some 800 people across North America.