1 JUNE 2009
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AIR NEW ZEALAND (ANZ) has published results of a biofuel test flight carried out at the end of last year which showed that up to 1.4 tonnes of fuel can be saved on a 12-hour long haul flight using 50/50 fuel blend of second generation jatropha sustainable biofuel and traditional Jet A1. The test, a joint initiative between Air New Zealand, Boeing, Honeywell and Rolls-Royce, was carried out on 30 December as part of a drive for more sustainable air travel for future generations and used the highest blend of any type of biofuel in a test flight to date. ANZ says that the report also found that the biofuel’s properties gave a saving of approximately 4.5 tonnes of CO2. Data from this evaluation flight programme will be published to various industry bodies to contribute to the current programme evaluating this and similar fuel products with a view to achieving approval of them as alternatives to existing Jet A1. The first ever biofuel flight was in February 2008 by Virgin Atlantic using a 20% fuel blend. Continental and Japan Airlines have followed in recent months. www.airnewzealand.co.nz
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