Qantas Operates First US-Australia Biofuels Flight
Qantas has launched the first ever flight powered by biofuels on a 15-hour flight between Los Angeles and Melbourne.
The flight was operated by the carrier’s new B787-9 aircraft and used a blended fuel that was 10 percent derived from the Brassica Carinata, a non-food mustard seed.
The flight reduced carbon emissions by 7 percent compared to normal operations, according to the airline.
Qantas International CEO Alison Webster said: “The Qantas Dreamliner marks an exciting new era of innovation and travel. The aircraft is more fuel efficient and generates fewer greenhouse emissions than similarly sized-aircraft and today’s flight will see a further reduction on this route.
“Our partnership with Agrisoma marks a big step in the development of a renewable jet fuel industry in Australia – it is a project we are really proud to be part of as we look at ways to reduce carbon emissions across our operations.”
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