Boeing, Hainan Airlines and Sinopec have celebrated China’s first passenger flight with sustainable aviation biofuel, a key environmental milestone for China’s commercial aviation industry. The regularly scheduled Hainan Airlines flight – which carried more than 100 passengers from Shanghai to Beijing in a Next-Generation 737-800 – used biofuel made by Sinopec from waste cooking oil collected from restaurants in China.
Starting this year the Lufthansa Group will be fuelling their aircraft at Oslo airport with a biokerosene mixture. The group recently became the first airline group to sign this kind of contract with the Norwegian oil company, Statoil Aviation. The company is thus pushing forward along the path of research, testing and use of alternative fuels that it started over four years ago.
Boeing and All Nippon Airways have made aviation history as a 787 Dreamliner flew for the first time powered in part by sustainable biofuels. “The 787 is the most environmentally progressive jetliner flying today, combining fuel efficiency and comfort with reduced carbon emissions,” said Billy Glover, commercial airplanes vice president of environment and aviation policy.
Boeing, Airbus and Embraer today signed a memorandum of understanding to work together on the development of drop-in, affordable aviation biofuels. The three leading airframe manufacturers agreed to seek collaborative opportunities to speak in unity to government, biofuel producers and other key stakeholders to support, promote and accelerate the availability of sustainable new jet fuel sources.
TAM Airlines has undertaken the first successful experimental flight in Latin America using aviation biofuel produced from the oil of the Jatropha curcas, a Brazilian vegetable biomass. The flight took place on the afternoon of 22 November and involved an Airbus A320 from its fleet, prefix PR-MHF, that normally has the capacity to transport up to 174 passengers in regular operation.
British Airways has announced plans to establish Europe’s first sustainable jet-fuel plant, with ambitions to power part of its fleet from 2014. In partnership with the Solena Group, the UK flag-carrier will open a state-of-the-art facility that can convert a variety of waste materials, destined for landfill, into aviation fuel.
The quest to make aviation more eco-friendly took a major step forward today after the successful completion of the world’s first flight powered by second-generation biofuel.The Air New Zealand Boeing 747 took off from Auckland at midnight for a two-hour test flight, powered with a 50-50 mix of jet fuel and jatropha tree oil in one of its four engines. No modifications to the engine were needed.