Germany’s biggest airline, Deutsche Lufthansa plans to launch the world’s first biofuel passenger flight in 2011. The flights will begin in April 2011 and continue for six months as part of a government-backed study on the long-term impact of biofuels on aircraft performance.
The biofuel blend made from 50 percent vegetable oil will be used for fuelling the Airbus A321 aircraft on daily flights between Hamburg and Frankfurt during this six month trial period. Neste Oil, an oil company from Finland will supply the fuel made through the Biomass-to-Liquid (BTL) process.
Earlier most of the biofuel flights have been relegated to the runways for experimental flights. Several other airliners, including the US-based Continental and the European KLM, have been testing biofuel for future use.
However the German airliner to put biofuels into use on regularly scheduled commercial flights. It’s estimated that Lufthansa will save some 1,500 tonnes of carbon dioxide during the trial, which will be conducted using only one of the aircraft’s engines.