Boeing launches historic, renewables-fueled flight
By Christina Williams
Editor, Sustainable Business Oregon
Boeing will make the first transatlantic flight of a biofueled-powered jet.
Boeing, a key member of the Sustainable Aviation Fuels Northwest Project, announced Thursday it will take a historic flight: the world's first transatlantic crossing of a commercial jetliner using biologically derived fuel.
The jet, a new 747-8 Freighter by Boeing (NYSE: BA), will use a blend of traditional kerosene jet fuel and a biofuel made using camelina grown in Montana. In addition, the 747-8 was designed with fuel efficiency, lower carbon emissions and less noise in mind, Boeing officials said.
The flight, scheduled to arrive in Paris on Monday, will showcase the use of plant-based biofuels, a primary goal of the Northwest coalition, which last month released a study of the potential market for sustainable aviation fuels.
"This historic flight is a boost to aviation's efforts to reduce carbon emissions and improve efficiency in all phases of our industry," said Boeing's 747-8 Vice President and General Manager Elizabeth Lund in a press release.
Camelina, an energy crop grown in rotation with dry wheat, is one of the biofuel sources identified during a comprehensive regional analysis conducted by the coalition.
Additional members of the coalition include Alaska Airlines (NYSE: ALK), Portland International Airport, Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, Spokane International Airport, Washington State University and the nonprofit Climate Solutions.
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