Friday, August 24, 2018

Soon, see India's first biofuel plane flying at an airport near you

India is all set to create history. It may become the first developing nation to test a biofuel-run aircraft. Private carrier Spicejet has planned to fly a Bombardier Q-400 turboprop aircraft on biofuel.

The aircraft may take off from Dehradun on Monday and fly over the city for around 10 minutes. If the test succeeds, SpiceJet will make the plane fly again from Dehradun to Delhi, a Times of India report said. Senior officials will be on board the flight to see the results.

Till now, no developing nation has tested a biofuel-run flight. However, some developed nations like Australia and the US have flown commercial flights on the sustainable fuel. Australian airline Qantas had flown a Dreamliner between Los Angeles and Melbourne in January this year.

Alaska Airlines and KLM had also tested flights using biofuel. Many nations are testing biofuels for flight operations to get independence from Aviation Turbine Fuel (ATF) which is a fossil fuel besides being costly.
24/08/18 ZeeBiz

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