First Air New Zealand Flight Using Jatropha-Based Biofuel

By on January 5th, 2009

Monday, January 5, 2009 11:50

biofuelflightAir New Zealand has achieved the first flight using fuel from jatropha oil in proportion of 50% for one of  its four engines.

A 747 airplane which belongs to the company has left the Auckland International Airport on December 29 and made a two-hour flight. One of its four engines was filled with 50 percent biofuel from jatropha oil.

The company set a number of criteria for jatropha oil to not have negative effects on the environment. The plants  must come from natural lands, without chemicals. This measure is meant to prevent that the use of biofuel to not be more polluting than the traditional fuel.

Next month, Continental Airlines will test a plane that will fly with algae and jatropha.


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