A new alternative fuels success for Airbus

Airbus is continuing its support of alternative fuel research with a cooperative flight involving a TAM Airlines A320 using Jatropha-based biofuel – the widespread use of which could reduce the air transport sector’s overall carbon footprint by up to 80 per cent.

Airbus A300

This month’s milestone flight took off from Brazil’s Galeão Antonio Carlos Jobim International airport in Rio de Janeiro, with the A320 flying for 45 minutes before returning to its point of origin. It used a 50 per cent blend of locally-sourced Brazilian Japtropha-based bio-kerosene and conventional aviation kerosene processed by UOP LLC, a Honeywell group.

The experimental flight was approved by Airbus and engine provider CFM International, and was authorized by aviation authorities in Europe and Brazil.

Airbus is continuously working with international, industry and cross-industry partners to fully explore the potential benefits of alternative fuels. To coordinate these efforts, the company has developed an alternative fuels roadmap, which estimates that some 30 per cent of all jet fuel used in 2030 could be sustainable biojet fuel.

The company launched this programme in 2008, when – in collaboration with Shell International Petroleum and Rolls-Royce – an A380 became the first civil airliner in commercial aviation history to fly using a 40 per cent blend of synthetic liquid fuel derived from natural gas (GTL).

Another milestone was marked the following year with the world’s first passenger flight using 50 per cent blended GTL – a joint effort between Airbus and Qatar Airways, which utilised a four-engine A340-600 jetliner.


One Response to A new alternative fuels success for Airbus

  1. Keith says:

    Jatropha is the ideal feedstock for Bio Aviation Fuel

    Do you know of any specific Jatropha Plantations for Bio Aviation Fuel?

    a href=”http://growjatropha.blogspot.com/2011/03/how-to-plant-jatropha-curcas-for.html

    Here is my basic method for refining Crude Jatropha Oil (CJO) Any Comments on this method greatly appreciated!


    I understand that only 15% of the Crude Jatropha Oil can be cracked into Bio SPK is this correct?

    Warm Regards


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