Aviation biofuels take off: Lufthansa, Finnair

July 19, 2011 |

In Germany, Lufthansa became the world’s first airline to offer routine flights powered by biofuel. The airline now operates four daily round trips between Hamburg and Frankfurt.

The Airbus A321 planes will use a biofuel blend of 50 percent hydrotreated renewable jet fuel made from feedstocks such as inedible plants and wood chips.

In Finland, Finnair has announced plans to operate flights powered by biofuel. The airline will operate a biofuel flight between Amsterdam Schiphol and Helsinki in the week of July 18th, using either an Airbus A319 or A320 aircraft.
Both engines will run on a 50 percent blend of biofuel produced from recycled vegetable oil and kerosene, and will be refuelled at Amsterdam Schiphol airport.

The biofuel will be provided by SkyNRG, a consortium launched by KLM, North Sea Group and Spring Associates to develop a sustainable supply chain for aviation biofuel.

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