Sunday, February 24, 2008

First Jet to Burn BioFuel Takes Off

A jet was flown today on biofuels, marking the first time a commercial jet liner has flown with biofuels. There is considerable interest in the airline industry in biofuels as the price of jet fuel has sky rocketed over the last few years.

The Boeing 747 by Virgin Atlantic Airways took off from London’s Heathrow Airport at 11.30am local time (2.30pm Kenyan time) for Amsterdam on trial a basis, without passengers.

The airline’s president Sir Richard Branson described the launch as historic in his pursuit of environment-friendly flights.

The launch came as a debate on environmental degradation dominated media in Europe and America, and also as industries in the US embrace new technology, which can reduce carbon dioxide by more than 50 per cent from the atmosphere.

The fuel used in the trial flight was obtained from coconut and babassu oil from Brazil and the Philipines.

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