Boeing is to fly its new 747-8 Freighter, the
aircraft's international air show debut, across the Atlantic Ocean
to the Paris Air Show using a renewable aviation jet fuel.
Boeing pilots Capt. Keith Otsuka and Capt. Rick
Braun and Cargolux Capt. Sten Rossby will fly the airplane with
each of the 747-8 Freighter's four GE GEnx-2B engines powered by a
blend of 15% camelina-based biofuel mixed with 85% traditional
kerosene fuel (Jet-A).
The airplane is scheduled to arrive at Le
Bourget Airport Monday at about 5 p.m. Paris local time (15:00
GMT) after a 4,989-mile (8,029 km, 4,335 nautical mile) trip.
"This historic flight is a boost to aviation's efforts to
reduce carbon emissions and improve efficiency in all phases of
our industry," said 747-8 Vice President and General Manager
Elizabeth Lund. "And the 747-8 Freighter fits in well with these
efforts by bringing huge improvements in fuel efficiency, lower
carbon emissions and less noise."
The Camelina, the plant
source used to create the biofuel, was grown in Montana and
processed by Honeywell's UOP. Boeing does not need to make any
changes to the airplane, its engines or operating procedures prior
to departure to accommodate biofuel use. Normal flight parameters
are being followed and were approved in advance by the U.S.
Federal Aviation Administration.
The airplane will be on
static display at the Paris Air Show 21 and 22 June 2011. It is
scheduled to leave the air show the evening of June 22 and fly to Cargolux headquarters at Luxembourg for a two-day visit.
is scheduled to take delivery of the first 747-8 Freighter to
enter service this summer.
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