Qan­tas to adopt bio­fuel

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QAN­TAS has an­nounced its LA-based air­craft will be pow­ered by bio­fuel from 2020 in a bid to re­duce the air­line’s car­bon emis­sions on ser­vices between the US and Aus­tralia.

Aus­tralia’s flag car­rier will pur­chase 30 mil­lion litres of re­new­able jet fuel each year from US-based bio-en­ergy com­pany SG Pre­ston for use on flights to Aus­tralia from Los An­ge­les Int’l.

The fuel will con­sist of 50% re­new­able jet fuel pro­duced from non-food plant oils, blended with 50% tra­di­tional jet fuel, and pro­duces half the emis­sions of flights us­ing reg­u­lar jet fuel.

Qan­tas Int’l and Freight ceo Gareth Evans said the agree­ment was the first of its kind in Aus­tralian avi­a­tion his­tory.

“As an air­line group we are con­stantly look­ing for ways to be­come more fuel ef­fi­cient and em­brace new tech­nolo­gies.”

“Our agree­ment with SG Pre­ston al­lows us to se­cure a sup­ply for our Los An­ge­les- based air­craft where we have a large fuel de­mand and where the bio­fuel in­dus­try is more ad­vanced,” said Evans.

He added that the Qan­tas Group would also be ex­plor­ing re­new­able jet fuel op­por­tu­ni­ties in Aus­tralia and would con­tinue to work with sup­pli­ers to de­velop lo­cally pro­duced bio­fu­els for avi­a­tion use.

The an­nounce­ment comes af­ter Qan­tas tri­alled bio­fuel on sev­eral do­mes­tic flights five years ago ( TD 27 Mar 2012).

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