Sunday, 17 July 2011

Lufthansa launches bio fuel test period

Lufthansa have announced that they will launch a six-month trial using bio fuel on all regular scheduled flights.

Passengers aboard the Hamburg - Frankfurt - Hamburg route will be aboard a plane where one of its engines is powered by a 50/50 mix of regular fuel and bio synthetic kerosine.

The fuel mix has been approved by the American Society for Testing and Materials. The mix has been approved as bio kerosine has similar properties to conventional kerosine as does not need to be modified to aircraft engines. It is estimated that during the test period, Lufthansa will reduce CO2 emissions by up to 1,500 tonnes.

The test also part of wider plans to examine the effects of bio fuel on the lifespan of aircraft engines.

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