China Airlines takes delivery of A350 XWB powered with biofuel mix

China Airlines takes delivery of A350 XWB powered with biofuel mix

China Airlines of Taiwan has become the second airline to join a programme to use a blend of traditional and sustainable biofuels to power aircraft for delivery flights from Airbus.

The aircraft involved is the tenth A350-900 for China Airlines, which left the manufacturer’s delivery centre in Toulouse today for its new home in Taipei with a ten per cent blend of sustainable jet fuel in its tanks.

The sustainable fuel option for delivery flights has been developed by Airbus in association with Air Total, the aviation subsidiary of the global energy operator.

In order to stock the eco-friendly product, Air Total has installed the first ever biofuel station adjacent to the Airbus delivery centre in Toulouse.

A total of 21 aircraft have so far been delivered by Airbus since the facility was inaugurated in May 2016.

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“China Airlines is proud to have taken delivery of its first aircraft to be partially powered by sustainable biofuel,” China Airlines chairman Ho Nuan-Hsuan said. 

“This reflects our clear commitment to reduce the impact of aviation on the environment and to be among those airlines leading the way to use alternative fuel sources.

“With the A350 XWB in our fleet we are already significantly reducing our carbon footprint and we are excited that this can be extended even further with the use of new biofuels.”

In addition to Toulouse, Airbus is now working towards introducing the option for the use of biofuels for delivery flights from its facilities in Hamburg, Germany and Mobile, US.

First deliveries from these sites are set to begin in 2018.

The option will also subsequently become available from the company’s facility in Tianjin, China.

“We are excited to welcome China Airlines to our sustainable fuel programme,” said Frederic Eychenne, head of new energies at Airbus.

“Today’s delivery demonstrates once again that biofuels are a reality today.

“We are moving towards the regular use of new and sustainable energy sources in our industry, helping to meet the commitments of the international civil aviation community.”