ANZ and Boeing announce December date for sustainable biofuels test flight

Air New Zealand and Boeing announced Dec. 3rd as the date for the airline’s sustainable biofuels flight from Auckland using a 747-400 jetliner. Conducted in partnership with Rolls-Royce and UOP, a Honeywell company, one of the airplane’s four Rolls-Royce RB211 engines will be powered in part using advanced generation biofuels derived from jatropha. As part of the fuel verification process, UK-based engine maker Rolls- Royce’s technical team conducted extensive laboratory testing to ensure compatibility with today’s jet engine components and to validate the fuel meets stringent performance criteria for aviation fuel. Air New Zealand now becomes the first airline to use a commercially viable biofuel sourced using sustainability best practices.

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