18 JULY 2011
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Lufthansa has become the first airline worldwide to use biosynthetic kerosene in scheduled flight operations. It has launched a six-month trail on the Hamburg – Frankfurt route with an Airbus A321 registered D-AIDG. With a one-hour flight time and 35mins minimum turnaround the aircraft could make up to four return trips a day. Lufthansa says that during the test run period, the use of biofuel will reduce CO2 emissions by up to 1,500 tonnes.
The biosynthetic kerosene used by Lufthansa is derived from pure biomass (biomass to liquids – BtL) and consists of jatropha, camelina and animal fats.
Suppliers must provide proof of the sustainability of their processes and meet the criteria stipulated by the European Parliament and the Council in the Renewable Energy Directive. The airline guarantees that the production of its biofuel is not in direct competition with food production and that no rainforests are destroyed.
The fuel used by Lufthansa is produced by Neste Oil, a Finnish oil company. Neste has extensive experience in the production of biofuels and has been a successful partner of Lufthansa for many years. www.lufthansa.com
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