Hainan Airlines makes China’s first commercial flight with sustainable aviation biofuel
Hainan Airlines makes China’s first commercial flight with sustainable aviation biofuel 21 March 2015 Hainan Airlines made China’s first passenger flight with sustainable aviation biofuel, a key environmental milestone for China’s commercial aviation industry. The regularly scheduled Hainan Airlines flight—which carried more than 100 passengers from Shanghai to Beijing in a Next-Generation 737-800—used biofuel made by Sinopec from waste cooking oil collected from restaurants in China. Both of the airplane’s CFM International CFM56-7B engines were powered by a fuel blend of approximately 50%aviation biofuel mixed with conventional petroleum jet fuel. Sustainably produced biofuel, which reduces carbon emissions by 50 to 80% compared to petroleum through its lifecycle, is expected to play a key role in supporting aviation’s growth while meeting environmental goals. The Boeing...