If it was some years before we too might have agreed that aviation and green doesn’t seem to go hand in hand. But, we have for you some really exciting piece of information, which vehemently rules out all those false-perceived notions of ‘flying green’. Let’s make it clear.
Certifying body ASTM International looks to be just days away from officially approving HRJ (a hydrogenated bio-fuel that consists of a 50/50 blend of vegetable oil and kerosene) for use in commercial aviation. On June 8th, a deciding ballot passed through the ASTM’s technical committees. Though no official announcement has come, the deal is almost done!
Once it is materialized, airlines such as Lufthansa will begin scheduled passenger flights powered by the renewable bio-fuel blend. Lufthansa, one of Europe’s largest airlines, was forced to delay its scheduled commercial bio-fuel flights due to fuel certification issues. The Germany-based carrier had originally planned to kick off a six-month long bio-fuel trial beginning in April.
So, we can well expect HRJ-powered flights during the 2011 Paris Air Show in late June.
(via Flight Global)