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Brief Published: 2 Dec 2010

Lufthansa To Use Biofuels in 2011


Virgin Atlantic launched the first biofuel-powered test flight in 2008 but German airline Lufthansa is on track to become the first to use biofuels on commercial flights in 2011.

The unveiled burnFAIR project will see a Lufthansa Airbus A321 powered by biofuels on the Hamburg to Frankfurt route for six months – in which time the effects of the 50-50 biofuel and kerosene mix can be tested.

Lufthansa and indeed other airlines have a long way to go before biofuels can be used on all commercial flights due to practical and financial constraints, but this initiative by the airline – along with its focus on new technologies to enhance the customer experience – shows its willingness to invest for the good of the customer and the environment.