Honeywell | September 13, 2021
United and Honeywell today announced a joint multimillion-dollar investment in Alder Fuels – a cleantech company that is pioneering first-of-its-kind technologies for producing sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) at scale by converting abundant biomass, such as forest and crop waste, into sustainable low-carbon, drop-in replacement crude oil that can be used to produce aviation fuel. When used together across the fuel lifecycle, the Alder technologies, coupled with Honeywell's Ecofining™ process, could have the ability to produce a carbon-negative fuel at spec with today's jet fuel. The goal of the technologies is to produce fuel that is a 100% drop-in replacement for petroleum jet fuel.
As part of the agreement, United is committing to purchase 1.5 billion gallons of SAF from Alder when produced to United's requirements. United's purchase agreement, which is one and a half times the size of the known purchase commitments of all global airlines combined, makes this easily the largest publicly announced SAF agreement in aviation history. United's purchase agreement with Alder also surpasses the previous record set by the airline in 2015 through its investment in Fulcrum BioEnergy with its option to purchase up to 900 million gallons of SAF. Alder's technology and demand for its fuel from the aviation industry create a large new market for biomass from regenerative practices. Use of this biomass further enables Alder's production process to be carbon negative over the fuel's lifecycle.
Prior to founding Alder, Sherbacow built the world's first SAF refinery utilizing Honeywell's technology and subsequently contracted with United, enabling the airline to become the first globally to use SAF in regular operations on a continuous basis. Since then, United has purchased more SAF than any other airline and, with this agreement now, has more than 70% of the airline industry's publicly announced SAF commitments. Alder's research is supported by the U.S. Defense Logistics Agency, the DOE and a partnership with DOE's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), focused on developing technology to process organic waste and sustainable, non-food plant material into carbon-negative transportation fuels.
Honeywell innovation established the SAF market with its UOP Ecofining process, which is the first technology used to maximize SAF production for commercial aviation. Building on Honeywell's focus to create sustainable technology, Honeywell will utilize its expertise and proven process of developing sustainable fuels alongside Alder, applying proprietary hydroprocessing design to the process to jointly commercialize the technology. Commercialization is expected by 2025. This announcement is a clear example of how Honeywell's Sustainable Technology Solutions business can partner with early-stage companies and help them scale faster, access customers and advance research and development to help drive sustainability at the global level.
United's joint investment in Alder is the latest by United Airlines Ventures, a venture fund launched earlier this year that focuses on startups, upcoming technologies, and sustainability concepts that will complement United's goal of net zero emissions by 2050 -- without relying on traditional carbon offsets. In 2020, United became the first airline to announce a commitment to invest in carbon capture and sequestration and has since followed with investments in electric vertical takeoff and landing aircraft and 19-seat electric aircraft that have the potential to fly customers up to 250 miles before the decade's end.
United's shared purpose is "Connecting People. Uniting the World."
About United Airlines Ventures
United's corporate venture capital fund, United Airlines Ventures, allows the airline to continue investing in emerging companies that have the potential to influence the future of travel. The new fund will concentrate on sustainability concepts that will complement United's goal of net zero emissions by 2050 -- without relying on traditional carbon offsets -- as well as revolutionary aerospace developments and innovative technologies that are expected to create value for customers and United's operation.
Honeywell is a Fortune 100 technology company that delivers industry-specific solutions that include aerospace products and services; control technologies for buildings and industry; and performance materials globally. Our technologies help aircraft, buildings, manufacturing plants, supply chains, and workers become more connected to make our world smarter, safer, and more sustainable.
About Alder Fuels
Alder Fuels, founded by biofuel and aviation industry entrepreneur Bryan Sherbacow, is a process technology and project development company in the low-carbon energy industry. Alder is commercializing a process to produce crude oil that is carbon negative, scalable and cost-competitive with the petroleum it replaces. Critical to rapid, world-scale deployment, the process will be compatible with the existing petroleum refining and logistics infrastructure. The company's collaboration with United Airlines and Honeywell UOP is expected to propel use of new forms of biomass to power commercial aircraft, reduce fossil fuel consumption and commercialize technologies benefiting the flying public. It builds upon a decade-old relationship among the stakeholders in pioneering commercialization of industry-leading SAF technology.
Enstoa, Inc | January 13, 2022
Enstoa, Inc. announced that they have been engaged by the Denver International Airport for an ambitious three-year digital transformation initiative.
Denver International Airport (DEN) is beloved by aviation professionals and passengers alike for its innovative architecture, spaciousness, organization, sustainability, and efficient logistics. With its iconic peaked roof, the airport has come to symbolize its city and region. It has consistently won honors from top publications and been voted the "Best Airport in North America" for four years in a row. Already the primary economic engine for the state of Colorado, DEN plans to greatly expand its capacity with new international routes while maintaining world-class service levels. Pursuing a vision of serving 100 million passengers per year, DEN strives to be the transportation hub of choice for both regional and international routes.
Realizing these ambitious goals means maximizing real estate and investing in continued operational excellence and sustainability. DEN is creating a strategic plan to inform and direct this multi-year initiative. Berit Ortwein, DEN's Director of Program Management, will leverage her deep knowledge of logistics, scheduling, and complex construction methodologies to ensure the success of this project.
Enstoa's extensive expertise in helping clients accelerate and maximize the return on investment of public infrastructure and transportation construction projects makes them a fitting partner for DEN. They provide evidence-based insights to help spend capital more strategically, maximize output and avoid expensive mistakes.
Enstoa will deliver five key services to DEN: Primavera Unifier enhancements, Primavera Analytics, integrations, user enablement and training, and ongoing support. They'll begin the engagement with a digital "health check" and a ten-week "Sprint 0." During this initial phase, interactive sessions with key personnel will identify performance initiatives, plan future-state systems architecture, and build the business case for upgrading DEN's capital projects capabilities.
"After Sprint 0, Denver International Airport will be well on their way to achieving their ambitious goals. They'll have a digital road map that will help guide them in every aspect of their transformation, By leveraging the enormous data they already have in their systems, they'll be better able to make informed strategic decisions, better manage costs and schedules, and excel at quality and sustainability."
-Enstoa CEO Jordan Cram.
Denver International Airport is the eighth-busiest airport in the world and the third-busiest airport in the United States. With 69 million passengers traveling through the airport in 2019, DEN is one of the busiest airline hubs in the world's largest aviation market. DEN is the primary economic engine for the state of Colorado, employing over 35,000 people and generating more than $33.5 billion for the region annually. It offers nonstop flights to about 215 destinations and serves around 28 international destinations in 14 countries.
Founded in 2007, Enstoa is the only company with an exclusive focus on accelerated digital transformation for the built environment. Clients are empowered to build and do more through advanced technology, decades' worth of benchmarking data, industry-leading expertise, and evidence-based change management. Enstoa's unrivalled blend of solutions and skills means that even the most complex projects and portfolios can achieve true digital transformation and 360° visibility. The company services clients across a wide range of industries including energy, healthcare, engineering and construction, public infrastructure, transportation, and manufacturing.
Avelo Airlines | January 17, 2022
Avelo Airlines begins new nonstop service from Sarasota Bradenton International Airport (SRQ) to New Haven, CT, the ultra-convenient gateway to the greater Connecticut, New York and New England region.
"We're excited to begin the New Year with this new, convenient and affordable direct service to Southern Connecticut, With our very low fares and HVN's unmatched convenience, Avelo makes getting to Connecticut and all this region has to offer easier than ever. We can't wait to welcome our new Sarasota-Bradenton Customers aboard to experience our exceptional service and the best hospitality on the East Coast."
-Avelo Chairman and CEO Andrew Levy.
"We are thrilled that Avelo Airlines has chosen Sarasota Bradenton International Airport to be part of their air service network. With low fares and convenient nonstop service to New Haven, passengers will have an affordable connection between two high-demand destinations. We look forward to welcoming Avelo Airlines to SRQ and we're confident their service will be a great success and expand in the future,"
- Rick Piccolo, Sarasota Bradenton International Airport president, chief executive officer.
"Visit Sarasota is thrilled that such an exciting new airline with a commitment to affordability and service is coming to SRQ and providing great new travel opportunity for our residents and visitors,"
- Virginia J. Haley, President of Visit Sarasota.
The New Way to Connecticut
Best known as the home of Yale University, New Haven is the second largest city in Connecticut and is part of the New York metropolitan area. The coastal city has experienced—and continues to enjoy—a renaissance. Within an easy stroll from the New Haven Green are more than 100 distinctive restaurants, offering something for every palate, and the city abounds with theaters, museums, and shopping destinations to satisfy all interests and tastes.
New Haven has a rich cultural heritage, from museums and theatres to music festivals and entertainment throughout the year, including the New Haven Jazz Festival, the annual St. Patrick's Day Parade, and the Wooster Square Cherry Blossom Festival that regularly bring thousands of visitors to the city.
Amidst the crowds, long lines, lengthy walks and traffic congestion encountered at other airports frequented by travelers to and from the region, HVN offers a refreshingly smooth and simple alternative hometown airport experience. HVN's adjacency to multiple major highways and commuter railways make it Connecticut's most convenient and easily accessible airport.
Avelo is the first airline to offer nonstop flights between HVN and Florida. Avelo's arrival to HVN also marked the largest expansion of service at HVN in more than 30 years.
A Different, Better and More Affordable Travel Experience
Avelo's everyday low fares have no change or cancellation fees. There is also no charge for Customers who choose to make reservations by phone. Additionally, Avelo offers several unbundled travel-enhancing options that give Customers the flexibility to pay for what they value, including priority boarding, checked bags, carry-on overhead bags, and for bringing a pet in the cabin.
Avelo operates single-class, fuel-efficient 147-seat 737-700 Boeing jets to HVN, offering Customers a more spacious and comfortable experience than the regional aircraft historically serving this airport. Customers may choose from several seating options, including seats with extra leg room, as well as pre-reserved window and aisle seating.
Avelo became America's first new scheduled airline in nearly 15 years when it initiated service on April 28, 2021, from its first base at Los Angeles' Hollywood Burbank Airport (BUR). The airline – which offers a convenient, affordable, and caring experience – currently serves 19 popular destinations across the U.S.
Avelo is distinguished by its Soul of Service culture. The culture is grounded in a "One Crew" mindset that promotes teamwork, understanding and kindness. By caring for one another and owning their commitments, Avelo Crewmembers provide a smooth, enjoyable, reliable, and caring experience for its Customers.
About Avelo Airlines
Avelo Airlines was founded with a simple purpose — to Inspire Travel. The airline offers Customers time and money-saving convenience, very low everyday fares, and a refreshingly smooth and caring experience through its Avelo Soul of Service culture. Operating a fleet of Boeing Next Generation 737 aircraft, Avelo serves 19 popular destinations across the U.S., including its West Coast base at Los Angeles' Hollywood Burbank Airport (BUR) and its East Coast base at Tweed-New Haven Airport (HVN).