01 Aug '11, 1am

Airbus and Lufthansa launch world’s first passenger bio-fuel flights

Lufthansa has launched the world’s first ever daily commercial passenger flights using biofuel. The four return daily flights between Hamburg and Frankfurt will be the first in the world to use a biofuel blend using 50% Hydro-processed Esters and Fatty Acids (HEFA). This follows the approval for the use of this type of fuel by the world fuels standards body, the ASTM on July 1st and the publication of the approved standards on July 13th. The aircraft is an Airbus A321, equipped with IAE engines (International Aero Engines) with Airbus providing technical assistance. The daily flights will initially continue for six months as part of the ‘Burn Fair’ R&T project to study the long term impact of sustainable biofuels on aircraft performance. “Lufthansa is the world’s first airline to utilise biofuel in daily flight operations. This is a further consistent step in the sustainab...

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