Aeromexico creates 1st biofuel trans-Atlantic commercial flight
Aeromexico Boeing 777 arrived within the Spanish capital on Tuesday, marking the primary trans-Atlantic commercial flight powered partly by biofuel.
“Fantastic” was pilot Francisco Fernandez Sarda’s description of the flight from Mexico town to Madrid’s Barajas International Airport.
The plane created the journey on a combination of fifty five heaps of typical aviation fuel and twenty heaps of fuel made up of the plant jatropha curcas.
Passengers were “very happy” to be a part of the historic flight, the pilot said, adding, “all the mandatory tests were done and that we knew that everything was aiming to go well.”
Aeromexico plans to start out using the less-polluting jatropha combine on weekly flights between Mexico and Costa Rica, Fernandez Sarda said.
Tuesday’s flight was created attainable by a November 2010 accord between Spain and Mexico to collaborate on development of biofuels to be used in aviation.
The project includes Aeromexico, Boeing and Spain’s Development Ministry.
Commercial aviation faces the challenge of finding substitutes for typical fuel and meeting that goal needs “solid institutional support,” Boeing España chief Pedro Argüelles said Tuesday at Barajas International.
Boeing began testing biofuels in 2006 and “great strides are made” since then, the manager said.
Argüelles acknowledged, however, that issues stay in expanding the quantity of biofuel production enough to bring down the value.
Jatropha grows in varied components of the planet, together with the southern Mexican state of Chiapas.