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United Airlines Flies Historic Passenger Flight Using 100% Sustainable Aviation Fuel



United Airlines has become a game-changer in the aviation industry’s effort to combat climate change. In 2016, it was known as the world’s first airline to combine sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) with traditional jet fuel in its regular operations. Continue reading to learn more about the historic United flight. 

After five years of investments and preparation, United is set to make history again. On December 1, 2021, a commercial carrier piloted an aircraft using 100% sustainable aviation fuel. At the same time, United announced the second round of corporate partners in the airline’s Eco-Skies Alliance Program to contribute to SAF investment. The growing list of partners contributed to United’s purchase of almost twice the size of the rest of the world’s airlines combined efforts on sustainable aviation fuel acquisitions.  

According to the company, the engine using sustainable aviation fuel emitted about 75% less carbon dioxide than a flight using traditional jet fuel.

More About United Airlines SAF Demo Flight 

The plane took off O’Hare International Airport in Chicago. It then landed in Reagan National Airport in Washington, DC, with over 100 passengers. United tweeted that “aviation history is cleared for take-off. Passengers of the historic flight included United CEO Scott Kirby, business leaders, government officials, members of the press, and NGOs. Also on board were executives from partner companies like Boeing and World Energy, which produces SAF.

In a company press release, CEO Kirby said that the airline continues to be at the forefront of climate change action in the aviation industry. 

“The SAF flight is not only an essential milestone for the effort to reduce carbon footprints in the industry but also demonstrates the scalable ways companies can participate in addressing the biggest challenge of our lifetime, ” says United CEO Scott Kirby. 

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The demo flight was on a new United Boeing 737 MAX 8. The commercial aircraft used 500 gallons of sustainable aviation fuel in one engine. Meanwhile, it used the same amount of conventional jet fuel in the other engine. The said process was to show no operational variances between the two powers. Similarly, it will pave the way for more scalable uses of SAF by all airlines in the future. Airlines now can only use up to 50% SAF on board. The amount of SAF used on December 1 United flight is drop-in ready and compatible with current aircraft fleets. 

United said that the plane flew 612 miles, and the engine using SAF emitted an estimated 75% less carbon dioxide than a flight using traditional jet fuel.

The Eco-Skies Alliance Program

Launched in April 2021, the Eco-Skies Alliance Program is an innovative program. It involves corporations working with the airline to promote sustainable aviation. This year alone, the program contributed to the purchase of over 7 million gallons of SAF. The group aims for an 80% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) on a lifecycle basis compared to traditional jet fuel. The available supply of SAF is already sufficient to eliminate about 66,000 metric tons of GHG emissions. It’s also enough to fly passengers at more than 460 million miles. 

Along with the newly announced participants, the Eco-Skies Alliance Program has almost 30 participants. This includes companies like Nike, HP Inc., and DHL. The new contributors include     American Family Insurance, Biogen, Bollore` Logistics, CWT, Maersk,  Meta, Microsoft, Palo Alto Networks, Salesforce, Visa, Yusen Logistics, and Zurich North America.

The SAF demonstration flight and new Eco-Skies supporters are among the latest accomplishments of United’s goal to be 100% green by 2050. In a further move to build transparency and enable certification on SAF emissions reduction, United collaborated with Microsoft, Air bp, and the Roundtable on Sustainable Aviation Biomaterials in the book-and-claim pilot.

Milestones: United’s Commitment Towards 100% Green

Here are some of the latest accomplishments of United in its efforts towards environmental sustainability:


The company recently decided to purchase 1.5 billion gallons of SAF from Alder Fuels and invested in Fulcrum BioEnergy. They can acquire up to 900 million gallons of additional SAF.

In July 2021, United Aviate Ventures (UAV) revealed that Breakthrough Energy Venture and Mesa Airlines had invested in electric aircraft startup Heart Aerospace. 

Also in July 2021, Air Transport World magazine acknowledged United as Eco-Airline of the Year for the third time. 

In June 2021, United bared plans to purchase 15 of Boom Supersonic “Overture” airliners. There’s an estimate that it will carry passengers in 2029. It’s the net-zero aircrafts that will be flying on 100% sustainable aviation fuel. 

In February 2021, United released an agreement to partner with Archer Aviation to fast-track the development and production of electric aircraft. It is considered an urban mobility solution. It can also serve as an air taxi, providing United Airlines customers to reduce their carbon footprint even before boarding a United flight. 


United became the first airline to demonstrate commitment to investing in direct air capture, carbon capture, and sequestration technology. The Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) has chosen United as the only airline in its 2020 Climate’s A-List in the same period. The airline received recognition for its commitment to reduce GHG emissions, combat climate change and develop a low-carbon economy. It is already the seventh consecutive year that United achieved the highest CDP score among US airlines.


United introduced the “Flight for the Planet”. This represented the most-eco-friendly commercial flight of its category in the history of commercial aviation.


United became the first airline in the US to target GHG emissions reduction by 50% by the year 2050. United’s 100% green commitment has since surpassed this goal.


United became the first airline across the globe to utilize sustainable aviation fuel in regular operations. 

The success of sustainable aviation fuel-powered flight and the continued support of global corporations working with United is a great opportunity to reduce the industry’s environmental impact. To learn more about their initiatives, visit the Eco-Skies Alliance Program website. 

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Side Hustle and Self-Employment Are Growing




COVID-19 has changed every health facility in the US, including the one where Michopoulos worked. Protocols were restructured every day, and telehealth suddenly became a thing. A few months into the pandemic, new business applications soared. Alongside, side hustles are growing. It has already allowed millions of Americans like Michopoulos to work on their phase and generate extra income.

Alexis Michopoulus is a US-based doctor who dreamed of having her own private clinic. No matter where she worked, whether at a primary care center, an urgent care clinic, or a community health center, she was forced to attend to patients every 15 minutes or so. That’s why she couldn’t develop a real relationship with her patients. The clearcut solution was to start her own practice, but she kept putting it off for several reasons. 

With the surprising increase in business, new applications spiked to record highs, soaring as much as 89 percent above 2019 data. And those numbers don’t even count those Americans who have pursued side hustles while keeping their full-time jobs. On Etsy, sales surged by almost 25 percent in 2021. Meanwhile, registrations on the freelancing platform Fiverr grew twice during the past two years. 

“The numbers are remarkable. People see increasing market opportunities, given the new normal we’re headed to.” – Professor John Haltiwanger, University of Maryland. 

Since side hustles are growing, it has also contributed to an era of mass resignations and forced employers to extend more benefits to existing full-time workers. And if the business explosion continues, it could give America a much-needed jolt of dynamism. Haltiwanger said that job creation would be robust and there would be lots of innovation.

From Stagnation To Explosion

Most Americans don’t pursue self-employment, and most businesses have been around for many years. However, there’s a reason economists like Haltiwanger worry about entrepreneurship. It’s vital for the health of the economy in the long run. New businesses create an inequality in the share of new jobs because they hire people with less experience and fewer credentials. But they drive innovation by trying new things. Moreover, they encourage more competition in the marketplace, reducing prices for consumers.

Before the pandemic, America’s startup rate had been a downtrend for many years. In 1984, the rate was recorded at 13.1 percent. By 2006, it went down to 10.1 percent, and in 2019 it was only 8.2 percent. Surprisingly, the pandemic awakened the country from its entrepreneurial inactivity.

At the same time, the number of citizens registering for an employer-identification number skyrocketed. In March 2022, applications for EINs were higher than 40 percent compared with the monthly average in 2019. And that statistic most likely misses the rise inside hustlers, who often don’t apply for EINs. Statistics show there are now at least 3.7 percent more self-employed Americans than before the pandemic.

Will Side Hustle and Self-Employment Explosion Last? 

The big challenge now is how long the entrepreneurial boom will last. Will it weaken once life returns to something close to normality? Or will we consider the pandemic as a turning point for the economy?

At least, the boom in self-employment and side hustles proves that it was wrong to give up on American entrepreneurship that weakened over the past few decades. 

“One of the essential lessons to learn from the pandemic is that there is a lot of motivation for people to go independent,” economist Adam Ozimek told the Business Insider. He also said that it is a matter of the conditions fit for people to start businesses.

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The 8 Sexiest SaaS Companies of 2022 (So Far…)



Did someone say, Sexy as a Service? No? Too bad. Because here at Owners’ Magazine, we think SaaS are some of the sexiest services out there right now. The deeper society dives into the online world, the hotter SaaS gets. You can think of SaaS as a new kind of infrastructure, like roads and power, but on the internet. 

Companies that are developing their own SaaS technology are building our future one digital brick at a time. To celebrate some of these companies, here is our list of the 8 Sexiest SaaS Companies of 2022. 

So far… 😉


Nothing is sexier than quality VPN. This VPN service was founded in 2016 by the Swiss company Proton Technologies (the company behind ProtonMail). They tout a heightened focus on security, a free, no-ad version of their VPN, and a much faster speed as differentiators. In a September 2019 TechRadar review:

ProtonVPN’s network is small, and we had some performance issues during testing. Still, speeds are generally better than average, the apps are well-designed and we have to applaud any genuine VPN which offers a free, unlimited bandwidth plan.” 

ProtonVPN currently has 1,529 servers in 61 countries. They are available for Windows, MacOS, Android, and iOS. 


You know what’s not sexy? Not having all of your social media links in one place. Thanks to Linktree, that’s no longer an annoyance. This freemium social media reference landing page was inspired by that very annoyance. It was reportedly created in six hours and had 3,000 users overnight. 

In 2019, Linktree was included on CNBC’s ‘Upstart 100’ list of “brightest, most intriguing, young startups promising to become the great companies of tomorrow.” 


You ever have a sexy tshirt idea but don’t know where you can get it printed? Worry no more. Printify, founded in 2015, is a freemium printing platform for artists, entrepreneurs, and more who need to produce their designs on any material – apparel, wall art, home decor, accessories, tshirts, even tablecloths. 

Tablecloths? That’s ridiculous. Sign me up. 


Sexy as it is, traveling is a real pain in the ass, no? Tripactions is a software-based solution to those ever-so-troublesome travel management issues. It’s a cloud-based, one-stop-shop for business travel that allows companies to book hotels, flights, and accommodations with zero hassle. 

Book trips, file receipts, modify reservations, track travel itineraries, chat with travel support agents, and reconcile expenses. Only thing that’s missing is a selfie for the haters. 


The feeling of designing the perfect design is one of the sexiest feelings out there. Shapr3D is a modeling app for iPad Pro that’s way hotter than the competition. It’s a free app – all modeling tools are included within the app itself. It’s perfect for engineers, industrial designers, jewelry makers, 3D hobbyists, architects, and doodlers regardless of their experience in design. 

The Computer-aided design (CAD) industry is expected to blow up in the next few years. So, might want to hop on the Shapr3D train. 


If you want your work team to be at their sexiest, you might want to get ahold of Lokalise. This cloud-based localization and translation management system was designed primarily “for tech-driven teams managing iOS, Android apps, web, games, IoT or digital content, and software in general.

Lokalise is recognized for its “web-based collaborative editor, cross-platform projects and localization options, and plugins.” This hot little app streamlines the translation and localization process and collaboration among developers, designers, translators, and project managers.


Zoom may be overdoing it, but Hopin is making video teleconferencing sexy again. Hopin has hosted over 80K events, working with organizers like United Nations, NATO, and Unilever. 

There are customizable rooms and user experiences. That means that hosts can create a number of creative programming. You can hop from room to room like one would at a live exposition. 

Not only that, but hosts will have access to a full suite of analytics to understand which events worked and which did not. 

Recorded Future

You can’t get much sexier than some serious security, right? Recorded Future is an intelligence platform designed to provide active recommendations around security. They specialize in the collection, processing, analysis, and dissemination of threat intelligence. 

By using their special patented machine learning and natural language processing methods to continuously collect and organize data from open web, dark web, and technical sources. These are the security kids you want on your side. 

What do you think are the sexiest SaaS companies of 2022? Is there anyone we didn’t include that you think you should have? Comment below and tell who you think should be included in our list of the Sexiest SaaS Companies of 2022.

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Helix-Tower: Amazon’s New Virginia’ HQ2′




Here’s the other Amazon forest! The multinational online shopping firm will build a helix-shaped tower dubbed Amazon Virginia HQ2. The proposed infrastructure is complete with tree-lined “mountain” visitors can visit during the weekends. Arlington officials recently approved the construction of the tall building. 

According to a Daily Mail report, Amazon’s second headquarters in Virginia will sit in the middle of the company’s new $2.5-billion campus just across the River Potomac from Washington DC.  

The Arlington County Board unanimously approved the construction of the 350-foot-tall building. The NBBJ designed the building. NBBJ is an American global architecture, planning, and design firm with offices worldwide. 

Amazon Virginia HQ2 Will Dominate the Region’s Skyline

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There’s a law that prohibits skyscrapers within the District of Columbia. The Height of Buildings Act of 1910 was approved by the 61st United States Congress on June 1, 1910, to limit the heights of buildings in DC. It generally bans building heights along residential streets to 90 feet and along commercial corridors to the width of the street’s right-of-way or avenue on which a building fronts, or a maximum of 130 feet, whichever is shorter.

The Amazon building will be one of the tallest structures in neighboring Arlington County. The Helix will dominate the region’s skyline from some vantage points like no building other than the Washington Monument. The structure generally features a spiral hike around its exterior, lined with trees, allowing visitors to follow an encircling outdoor ramp around the edge of the building to its summit. 

The proposed building was first launched by Amazon in February 2021 and is one of many large offices that the web giant on the site will construct.

It will be completed by 2025 and will welcome around 25,000 workers. Once fully operational, the campus will also include a separate park, a community high school, and multiple shops. 

Amazon has claimed that the Helix will have its artist in residence and meeting space for the staff. 

The online shopping leader’s global headquarters is in Washington, with Virginia now set to become its second-most-important US base. 

It spent years searching for a possible second headquarters, with multiple cities setting out its stall across the US.

Some even confirmed recommending amendments to local laws to simplify Amazon to settle and start doing business in the area. They did so, hoping that its presence would beef up their economies. 

Why New York City?

Amazon ultimately announced it had chosen New York City as its site in late 2018. It said it was planning to open a vast new base on Long Island City in Queens, just across the East River from Midtown Manhattan.That sparked fury from the cities that had lost out, who were angry that a metropolis already replete with jobs had landed yet another multinational firm.

Many New Yorkers were also angry and feared Amazon’s presence would further gentrify a notorious city for its astronomical cost of living.

There were also fears from progressive lawmakers – including US Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez – that the new Amazon Virginia HQ2 would price out poorer locals.

On Valentine’s Day 2019, the firm announced it had withdrawn its bid for its New York headquarters and was instead concentrating on building its Arlington site, which was announced alongside the Long Island City deal.

Following the release of The Helix’s design, people on the internet poke fun at its unusual structure, suggesting it resembles everything from soft-serve ice cream to a poop emoji to a Christmas tree and a cartoon turd.

NBBJ previously designed giant orb-shaped greenhouses for Amazon’s US headquarters in Seattle.

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