Freighter To Fly To Paris Air Show On Sustainable Biofuel
By Steve Hall
June 20, 2011 - Boeing will fly the new 747-8 Freighter
to its international air show debut in a doubly historic
fashion, flying the airplane across the Atlantic Ocean
to the Paris Air Show using a renewable aviation jet
will be the world's first transatlantic crossing of a
commercial jetliner using biologically derived fuel. The
airplane is scheduled to arrive at Le Bourget Airport
today (Monday) at about 5 p.m. Paris local time after a
Boeing pilots Capt. Keith Otsuka and Capt. Rick Braun and Cargolux Capt. Sten Rossby will fly the airplane with each of the 747-8 Freighter's four GE GEnx-2B engines powered by a blend of 15 percent camelina-based biofuel mixed with 85 percent traditional kerosene fuel (Jet-A).
historic flight is a boost to aviation's efforts to reduce
carbon emissions and improve efficiency in all phases of our
industry," said 747-8 Vice President and General Manager
Elizabeth Lund. "And the 747-8 Freighter fits in well with these
efforts by bringing huge improvements in fuel efficiency, lower
carbon emissions and less noise."
the plant source used to create the biofuel, was grown in
Montana and processed by Honeywell's UOP. Boeing does not need
to make any changes to the airplane, its engines or operating
procedures prior to departure to accommodate biofuel use. Normal
flight parameters are being followed and were approved in
advance by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration.
airplane will be on static display at the Paris Air Show June 21
and 22. It is scheduled to leave the air show the evening of
June 22 and fly to Cargolux headquarters at Luxembourg for a
two-day visit. Cargolux is scheduled to take delivery of the
first 747-8 Freighter to enter service this summer.
International, the global standards body that oversees the jet
fuel specification in North America, recently approved an
amendment to the current specification to include fuels from
bio-based sources. The revised jet-fuel specification will be
published later this year, allowing use of the new fuels without
special approval. Industry efforts will shift to ramping up
production and work to ensure the sustainability of fuel sources
biofuels provide a net reduction in carbon due to absorption of CO2
during the growth phase, and are a key element of aviation's strategy
for achieving carbon-neutral growth beyond 2020. Boeing, Honeywell's
UOP, GE and other industry leaders have worked for the past five years
on sustainable aviation biofuel development including commercial and
military flight test programs, laboratory and ground-based jet engine
performance testing to ensure compliance with stringent aviation fuel
performance and safety requirements. Camelina,
an energy crop grown in rotation with dry wheat, is one of the biofuel
sources identified during a comprehensive regional analysis conducted by
Boeing and others in the Northwestern U.S. as part of the Sustainable
Aviation Fuels Northwest project.
Camelina, an energy crop grown in rotation with dry wheat, is one of the biofuel sources identified during a comprehensive regional analysis conducted by Boeing and others in the Northwestern U.S. as part of the Sustainable Aviation Fuels Northwest project.
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