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Finnair begins first biofuel operated service

PTI New Delhi | Updated on July 20, 2011 Published on July 20, 2011

Nordic air carrier Finnair today flew its first biofuel operated flight from Amsterdam to Helsinki, beginning a series of such flights.

In the next few weeks, Finnair will fly a series of four flights using biofuel in both engines of its aircraft, the carrier said in a statement.

“Biofuel use is still not financially sustainable, because biofuel is more expensive than ordinary aviation fuel and no large-scale production or distribution has yet been established,” Finnair Vice-President (Sustainable Development), Mr Kati Iham, said.

Biofuel refers to fuel made from renewable organic raw materials. The plants used in the production of biofuel absorb carbon dioxide, which is released back into the atmosphere when the biofuel combusts.

For its first biofuel flight, the carrier will use bio-fuel made from recycled vegetable oil (or used cooking oil) supplied by SkyNRG in a mixture that is 50 per cent biofuel and 50 per cent ordinary aviation fuel.

Published on July 20, 2011
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