Commercial flights to use biofuel from next year

December 18th, 2010 - 2:58 pm ICT by ANI  

Sydney, Dec 18 (ANI): Biofuel would reportedly be used by commercial flights from next year.

Lufthansa has announced that it would begin a six-month trial of biofuel on scheduled flights within Germany from April next year.

According to the Sydney Morning Herald, the company would use a 50-50 mix of biofuel, which is being touted as a more sustainable alternative to standard fuel and kerosene, on an Airbus on the Hamburg-Frankfurt route.

Lufthansa says that the trial would save about 1500 tonnes of CO2 emissions and would also use biofuel from sustainable sources.

“No rainforest will be deforested for Lufthansa biofuel. Our licensed suppliers must provide proof of the sustainability of their processes,” the paper quoted Wolfgang Mayrhuber, the chief executive of Lufthansa, as saying.

Lufthansa says the main purpose of the trial is to study the implications of biofuel for engine maintenance and engine life.

The biofuel research project will cost the airline over 8,095,000 dollars and is expected to face some challenges like being able to refuel the aircraft in only one place. (ANI)

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