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Friday, October 28, 2011

Air China, Boeing Conduct First Biofuel Flight

Air China, Boeing and Chinese and U.S. aviation energy partners conducted China’s first sustainable biofuel flight Friday, a two-hour maintained flight in a Boeing 747-400 from Beijing Capital International Airport using biofuel sourced in China.

“This history flight illustrates exactly how bilateral collaboration can help address environmental challenges, and we commend the Chinese for their leadership in helping to develop sustainable aviation solutions,” said Marc Allen, Boeing China’s president.

PetroChina, working with Honeywell’s UOP, sourced and refined the China-grown, jatropha-based biofuel aboard the B747, which was powered by Pratt & Whitney engines, according to the manufacturer. China National Aviation Fuel blended the biofuel with traditional jet fuel and also provided aircraft fueling support.

Air China and Boeing are working on plants for an international flight between the U.S. and China fueled by sustainable biofuel.

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