Honeywell biofuel-powered jet set to cross Atlantic this weekend

16 June 2011 21:08  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--Honeywell plans to fly a biofuels-powered jet from the US to France this weekend, the US-based industrial and technology group said on Thursday.

When it lands in Paris on Saturday (18 June), Honeywell’s Gulfstream G450 will become the first aircraft to fly from North America to Europe on a 50/50 blend of camelina-derived biofuel and petroleum-based jet fuel, the company said. Camelina is a plant with seeds that have a high oil content.

Honeywell has received initial approval to use the fuel in a commercial flight from US-based standards development and testing organisation ASTM International.

Honeywell’s "Green Jet Fuel" meets all specifications for flight without any modifications to the aircraft or engine, the company said.

On board will be Jim Rekoske, general manger for renewable energy and chemicals at Honeywell’s UOP petrochemicals technology unit, who, along with other company executives, will attend the Paris Air Show.

In related news, a Boeing executive said last week that the US aircraft maker plans for 600m gal of alternative fuels to be used by airlines in 2015, or 1% of total consumption by the sector for that year.

In 2008, UK airline Virgin Atlantic flew a Boeing 747-300, fuelled by a biodiesel blend of babassu and coconut oil, from London to Amsterdam.

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Check out Doris de Guzman’s Green Chemicals Blog for views on sustainability issues

By: Stefan Baumgarten
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