TravelNewsAsia.com

TAM Airlines and Airbus Test Jatropha-based Biofuel

Travel News Asia Latest Travel News Podcasts Videos Wednesday, 24 November 2010

TAM Airlines, together with Airbus, has conducted a Jatropha-based biofuel flight using an Airbus A320.

The biofuel, processed by UOP LLC, a Honeywell group, was a 50% blend of locally-sourced Brazilian Japtropha-based bio-kerosene and conventional aviation kerosene.

20 people from TAM Airlines and Airbus were on board the A320 powered by CFM56 engines which took off from Galeo Antonio Carlos Jobim International airport in Rio de Janeiro. The aircraft performed a 45 minute flight before returning to its point of origin.

"Airbus and TAM have taken an important step towards establishing an aviation biofuel solution that is both commercially viable and sustainable, with positive impact on the environment," said Airbus President and CEO, Tom Enders. This flight serves as evidence of the aviation industry's commitment to advance on its self-imposed CO2 reduction targets: carbon neutral growth from 2020, and working towards a 50% net CO2 reduction by 2050.

This experimental flight materializes TAMs participation in a vast project to develop a production chain for renewable biofuel, with the purpose of creating a Brazilian platform for sustainable aviation bio-kerosene, said Libano Barroso, president of TAM Airlines.

Studies show that the use of biofuels made from Jatropha in aviation could reduce the sectors overall carbon footprint by up to 80%, compared with conventional petroleum-based aviation kerosene.

The technical flight was approved by Airbus, the engine provider CFM International, and was authorized by aviation authorities in Europe (the European Aviation Safety Agency - EASA), and Brazil (National Civil Aviation Agency - ANAC).

 In addition to its efforts with TAM Airlines, in February 2008, an Airbus A380 aircraft successfully completed the first ever flight by a commercial aircraft using Gas-to-Liquid (GTL), and in October 2009 Airbus and Qatar Airways undertook the first commercial flight of 50% blended GTL.

See other recent news regarding: Airlines, Airports, Awards, Flights, Codeshare, Lounges, First Class, Business Class, MICE, GDS, Rewards, Miles, Hotels, Apartments, Promotions, Spas, Yoga, Retreat, New Hotels, Traffic, Visitor Arrivals, Cruises, Free Deals, Interviews, Videos, TAM Airlines, Airbus, Jatropha, Biofuel, Emissions

Subscribe to our Travel Industry News RSS Feed Travel Industry News RSS Feed from TravelNewsAsia.com. To do that in Outlook, right-click the RSS Feeds folder, select Add a New RSS Feed, enter the URL of our RSS Feed which is: https://www.travelnewsasia.com/travelnews.xml and click Add. The feed can also be used to add the headlines to your website or channel via a customisable applet. Have questions? Please read our Travel News FAQ. Thank you.

     
Advertising
Advertising
Copyright © 1997-2023 TravelNewsAsia.com