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2009-06-17 05:50:00

Fuels derived from sustainable biomass sources meet aviation requirements LE BOURGET, France, June 17 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Boeing (NYSE: BA) and a team from across the aviation industry today released high-level elements of a study that shows that sustainable biofuels analyzed in a series of pioneering test flights performed favorably in comparison to petroleum-based fuel. According to the study, Evaluation of Bio-Derived Synthetic Paraffinic Kerosene (Bio-SPK), a series of...

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2009-03-31 11:40:00

Airline executives said on Tuesday they plan to cut the number of flights they operate in line with a drop in both cargo and passenger demand, effectively reducing their carbon emissions by nearly 8 percent this year, Reuters reported. The world financial crisis has taken the heat off the airline industry, which was once seen as a driving force behind global warming. The International Air Transport Association (IATA) said about 6 percent of the forecast carbon cut will come as a result of...

2009-03-09 11:30:11

American Airlines said Monday its first Boeing 767-300 airliner equipped with fuel-saving wing tips made its inaugural flight over the weekend. The jet with 204 passengers flew from Dallas to London on Sunday using winglets that provide extra lift and could cut an individual aircraft's fuel consumption by as much as 500,000 gallons per year. The fuel savings and emissions reductions that we will achieve are one more step in our efforts to both moderate costs and shrink the impact we have on...

2009-02-13 14:48:10

Britain's Prince Charles has scheduled an environmentally focused trip to South America, flying on a private jet with his wife and a staff of 14. The 10-day trip will take the prince and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, to Brazil, Chile and Ecuador. One of their stops is the Galapagos Islands, where they will participate in a celebration of the 200th anniversary of Charles Darwin's birth. Ian Davidson, a Labor member of Parliament and member of the Public Accounts Committee, describes the trip...

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2009-02-11 07:20:00

Scientists are hoping algae can help remove greenhouse gases and create new oil reserves. Millions of years ago, algae turned the earth's hostile atmosphere into a life-supporting one through photosynthesis, a process used by plants to turn carbon dioxide and sunlight into oxygen and sugars. Eventually the algae sunk into lake and sea beds, slowly becoming oil. "All we're doing is turning the clock back," Steve Skill, biochemist at the Plymouth Marine Laboratory, told Reuters. "Nature has...

2009-02-02 13:53:00

WASHINGTON, Feb. 2 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Air Transport Association of America (ATA), the industry trade organization for the leading U.S. airlines, today hailed the announcement made jointly by the U.S. Departments of Energy (DOE) and Agriculture (USDA) to release up to $25 million in funding for research and development of biofuels, including aviation biofuels. ATA, a founding and principal member of the Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative (CAAFI), has been working to...

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2009-01-30 15:00:00

Japan Airlines (JAL) conducted the world's first successful test flight of a Boeing airplane run on biofuel consisting mostly of a non-food energy crop called camelina. The 90-minute demonstration, a joint effort between JAL, Boeing and engine-maker Pratt and Whitney, began as the Boeing 747-300 took off from Tokyo's Haneda airport on Friday.  JAL, Asia's largest carrier, said that one of the aircraft's engines was powered by biofuel mixed with traditional kerosene jet oil. "No...

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2009-01-09 10:25:00

A plane partly powered by biofuel derived from algae has completed its first test flight by a U.S. airline.The Continental Boeing 737-800 flew 90 minutes, and was said to have gone better than expected, according to a spokesperson for Continental Airlines.One of the airplane's engines was powered by a 50-50 blend of biofuel, derived from algae and jatropha, and normal aircraft fuel.The test, performed on Wednesday, is the latest in a series of demonstration flights by the aviation industry,...

2009-01-07 11:15:00

HOUSTON, Jan. 7 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Continental Airlines (NYSE: CAL) today is demonstrating the use of sustainable biofuel to power a commercial aircraft for the first time ever in North America. The demonstration flight -- which is being conducted in partnership with Boeing, GE Aviation/CFM International, and Honeywell's UOP -- marks the first sustainable biofuel demonstration flight by a commercial carrier using a two-engine aircraft, a Boeing 737-800 equipped with CFM International...

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2009-01-01 12:50:00

A New Zealand airliner successfully fueled a plane using oil from the seeds of a poisonous shrub, at a time when airlines hit by high oil prices and pressure over the impact of planes on the environment seek greener fuels. The airline said in a statement that an Air New Zealand Boeing 747 flew for two hours on December 30 with one of its four engines powered by a 50-50 mixture of jet fuel and jatropha oil. The oil came from the jatropha plant, which grows up to three meters and produces...


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