Lufthansa Plans Biofuel-Powered Passenger Flights For Next April

Travel News — By Carlo Alcos on December 6, 2010 at 11:50 am

Biofuels are one step closer to replacing traditional jet fuel on passenger flights. As reported at Wired.com, Lufthansa has announced that, starting next April, they will start using biofuels for passenger flights between Hamburg and Frankfurt. The trial will last for six months and will reveal the effects of using a 50/50 biofuel blend on maintenance and engine life.

While other airlines, like KLM and Continental, have been using biofuels on demonstration flights, Lufthansa has decided to skip these and move straight into live trials. The biofuel blend will be used on Airbus 321 aircraft and will only be supplying one of the two engines, with the other one using pure jet fuel.

Company chief, Wolfgang Mayrhuber, has not disclosed details of the makeup of the biofuel but has stated that the synthetic fuel will be made from a sustainable source. He said:

No rain forest will be deforested for Lufthansa biofuel. In the procurement of biofuel, we ensure it originates from a sustainable supply and production process.

The biofuel will produce between 40 and 80 percent fewer greenhouse gas emissions. We’ve looked at alternative biofuels in the past. How about algae as a source of jet fuel or whiskey running cars?

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