Moving into ‘Greener’ pastures, Australia’s flag carrier, Qantas has released plans to launch its first commercial flight powered by sustainable fuel in April this year.
Set to takeoff on 13 April 2012, the carrier’s A330 will fly from Sydney to Adelaide, running on biofuel blended with 50 percent cooking oil and 50 percent regular jet fuel and is expected to decrease the flight’s carbon footprint by up to 60 percent than that produced by conventional jet fuel.
Qantas head of environment John Valastro explained the purpose of the flight was to increase awareness of the potential of sustainable flights.
He said that the aviation industry’s reach into environmentally travel is limited because sustainable fuel is not being delivered on a “commercial scale [and] at a competitive price”.
“No single player can make this happen: it needs support from government, private sector investment, access to infrastructure and market demand,” Mr Valastro said.
“Over recent months Qantas has been in discussions with government and industry partners about taking the next step – producing a clear blueprint for the establishment of an Australian sustainable aviation fuel industry.
“This needs to focus not on speculative technologies but on biofuels that are operationally feasible now, production of which could commence within the next few years – given the right conditions.
“We hope to accelerate the process in the coming weeks as we build towards this Australian-first flight.”
Flight QF1121 will takeoff from Sydney on 13 April at 10.20am and is expected to arrive in Adelaide at 12.05pm.
Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J