To Begin Transatlantic Biosynthetic Fuel Fights
By Jim Douglas
January 12, 2012 - After a six-month practical trial
involving biosynthetic fuel, Lufthansa is pleased to
announce the first positive results. In all, 1,187
biofuel flights were operated between Hamburg and
Frankfurt. According to initial calculations, CO2
emissions were reduced by 1,471 tons. Total consumption
of the biokerosene mix amounted to 1,556 tons.
“Our burnFAIR project went off smoothly and to our
fullest satisfaction. As expected, biofuel proved its
worth in daily flight operations,” confirmed Joachim
Buse, Vice President Aviation Biofuel at Lufthansa.
The highlight of the biofuel trial at Lufthansa will be
the first scheduled transatlantic flight to the United
States, which is now planned for 12 January 2012.
A Boeing 747-400, carrying about 40 tons of a
biosynthetic fuel mix, will fly from Frankfurt to
Washington. With this flight alone, Lufthansa expects to
reduce CO2 emissions by 38 tons, equivalent to the CO2
emissions of six scheduled flights between Frankfurt and
aviation industry has undertaken a great deal in terms of
climate protection and has set itself ambitious targets. In line
with IATA’s industry-wide goal, airlines must reduce their net
CO2 emissions by 50 per cent by the year 2050 compared to 2005.
want to protect our climate and thus our future in a sustainable
manner, we need innovative ideas and technologies and an
environmentally friendly alternative to fossil fuels –
particularly in view of the growing demand for mobility
worldwide,” said Christoph Franz, Chairman of the Executive
Board of Deutsche Lufthansa AG.
Biosynthetic kerosene is just as reliable as conventional jet
fuel but the environmental effects are more positive. Thanks to
the higher energy density of biofuel, it has been possible to
reduce the fuel consumption by more than one per cent.
Furthermore, biosynthetic kerosene is free of sulphur and
principle behind biofuel is simple and is based on the carbon
cycle. Plants withdraw CO2 from the atmosphere through
photosynthesis. When aircraft engines burn biofuel, this CO2 is
released back into the atmosphere. Biofuel emits about 50 per
cent less CO2 than conventional fossil fuels.
“As a next step,
we will focus on the suitability, availability, sustainability and
certification of raw materials. But first we must tap into this market.
However, Lufthansa will only continue the practical trial if we are able
to secure the volume of sustainable, certified raw materials required in
order to maintain routine operations,” project manager Joachim Buse
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