Brazil’s Azul to use Amyris biofuel in demonstration flight

04 June 2012 22:40  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--Brazilian airline Azul will use a sugarcane-based renewable fuel developed by US biotech firm Amyris in a demonstration flight later this month, the US firm said on Monday.

The flight will take place in Brazil on 19 June during the Rio+20 United Nations conference on sustainable development, Amyris said, adding that Azul would use the biofuel on an Embraer aircraft E195 model.

Amyris said its renewable jet fuel provides equivalent performance compared with conventional jet fuel, but with the potential of reduced greenhouse gas emissions.

Azul is a regional airline with around 350 daily flights in Brazil and about 10% of the domestic market in 2011, according to information on its website.

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