LAN has flown Columbia's first flight using second-generation biofuel. It operated an A320 between Bogota and Cali using fuel from a plant called camellia. Ignacio Cueto, CEO of LAN Airlines, stated: "This milestone represents our second initiative in this area. At LAN we aim to develop sustainable biofuels for commercial aircraft with a high production potential in South America. This is another key step toward the future of the industry. These renewable energy sources play a significant role in global aviation and will increasingly impact decision-making in the industry and in our company." LAN flew its first camelina biofuel flight between Santiago and Concepcion, South America on March 7, 2012. The airline said it chose the recent Bogota-Cali route "because Cali is a strategic city for consolidating LAN's operations in the country. At the same time, the Cauca Valley led the way in Colombia's biofuel production, making it a symbolic department to start this type of project in the country."