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United Airlines Invests $5 Million in Startup to Study Greener Jet Fuel

A United Airlines plane at O'Hare International Airport in Chicago.

A United Airlines plane at O'Hare International Airport in Chicago.

Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg

United Airlines Holdings Inc. is investing in a startup that could help make larger quantities of jet fuel that’s more environmentally friendly.

United on Tuesday announced an initial $5 million investment in Cemvita Factory Inc. and is “contemplating a larger relationship,” according to Mike Leskinen, president of the airline’s venture fund. The Houston-based startup is also backed by Occidental Petroleum Corp.