Qantas Airways to operate commercial flight on cooking oil

Posted: March 29, 2012 in Airlines, Asia, Aviation & Airports (General News)
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Australian airline Qantas is to operate the country’s first commercial flight on biofuels on April 13, 2012. The flight will run from Sydney to Adelaide and an Airbus A330 will be used, powered by biofuels made from used cooking oil (50 per cent) and conventional jet fuel (50 per cent).

Qantas says that it wants to get involved in aviation biofuels because with rising fuel prices affecting the industry, it says that it is important to develop the sustainable aviation jet fuel sector.

Biofuel derived from used cooking oil, split 50:50 with conventional jet fuel

Biofuel derived from used cooking oil, split 50:50 with conventional jet fuel

A study conducted by the CSIRO says that the airline industry could benefit from aviation biofuels by creating 12,000 new jobs and cutting greenhouse gases by 17 per cent in the sector. However, in order for this to happen, it says that ‘significant obstacles much be overcome’, as per a report on Biofuels International.

John Valastro, Head of Environment, Qantas said with the biofuel flight the airline hopes to raise awareness about aviation bio jet fuel in Australia. “We know that sustainable aviation fuel can be used in commercial aviation just like conventional jet fuel,” he said. “But until it is produced at a commercial scale, at a competitive price, the industry will not be able to realise its true benefits. No single player can make this happen: it needs support from government, private sector investment, access to infrastructure and market demand

Valastro added that over recent months the airline has been discussing plans with the government and partners in the industry about establishing a sustainable aviation fuel industry in Australia.

Link to the full and original story at ‘’ here…… correspondant
Thursday, March 29, 2012,

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