Brazil is making more headlines this week—and it’s not about the World Cup. Industrial bioscience company Amyris is partnering with Brazilian airline GOL to begin the first international commercial route with the recently approved biojet fuel, farnesane.
According to Amyris, GOL has committed to fly its Boeing 737 fleet with up to a 10 percent blend of the renewable fuel on its U.S. to Brazil routes starting with initial flights later this month. Amyris’ efforts to bring farnesane-based biojet fuel to commercial airlines are supported by Boeing, the Inter-American Development Bank and other partners.
“We at Amyris are thrilled that GOL will be using our renewable jet fuel blend for their flight route from the United States to Brazil, the first of what we expect to be many routes with the world’s leading airlines,” said John Melo, president and CEO of Amyris. “With our partner Total, Amyris is working to support the performance goals set by the aviation industry by bringing to market a drop-in, low-carbon jet fuel solution.”