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Virgin Atlantic Involved in Biofuel Testing

As AirlineWorld reported earlier, Air New Zealand (ANZ), Boeing and Rolls Royce joined efforts to start testing Boeing 747s using biofuel. Although only 1 out of the 4 engines will run on biofuel, it is definately a serious step towards greener aviation.

Now  here is a new initiation from Virgin Atlantic. Virgin Group Chairman Richard Branson said yesterday that Virgin Atlantic plans testing biofuel again on a B 747. This time the other partners involved are Boeing and GE. Although it seems to be top secret, there were hints that this biofuel is different from the one used in the case of ANZ.

Virgin’s 747 as well as ANZ’s will fly without passengers during testing.

By Szafi 
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Air New Zealand, Boeing and Rolls Royce Joint Development – Biofuel

Earlier we started a block about enviroment friendly initiations of airlines. We promised there to publish everything we find about this topic to support developments this way.

The following press release came from Air New Zealand. This is the complete article:

The airline will sign a memorandum of understanding today with aircraft manufacturer Boeing and engine maker Rolls-Royce to work together on projects aimed at ensuring that commercial aviation continues to become more environmentally sustainable.

The inaugural step in the relationship will be the first commercial trial of a bio fuelled, Rolls-Royce powered, Boeing aircraft toward the second half of next year/early 2009. The Boeing 747 flight, which is likely to depart Auckland and will not carry customers, will be conducted under strict safety standards.

Only one engine will run on a blended bio fuel/kerosene mix and the remaining three will be powered by regular aviation fuel. An announcement on the source and mix of the blended fuel will be made closer to the time of the flight.

Air New Zealand Chief Executive Officer Rob Fyfe says the test flight is another step in Air New Zealand’s plan to lead the global aviation industry in developing the most environmentally responsible airline practices possible and the most environmentally responsible airline.

Mr Fyfe says that as little as a year ago bio fuel seemed like “pie in the sky” to many aviation industry observers, but it is now a possibility and technology is moving so fast that it may become viable in a much shorter timeframe than previously thought.

“Air New Zealand is keen to encourage research into alternative fuels and wants to work hand-in-hand with industry partners and the New Zealand Government on promoting this type of activity. Today is a day that both the airline and country should be proud of. We are taking the first steps on what promises to be an inspiring and defining journey.”

Mr Fyfe says Air New Zealand would like to progress to an all New Zealand bio fuel for future tests flights, but sourcing the quantity necessary may be a challenge in the short term.

Air New Zealand has already made significant steps towards becoming one of the world’s most environmentally responsible airlines through a large fleet investment programme.

The Boeing 787 Dreamliner, due to come into Air New Zealand service in 2010, will save 20 per cent more fuel than similar aircraft through a combination of new technology and weight reduction.

“Along with the efficient Boeing 777s currently being flown by the airline, this will ensure Air New Zealand has one of the youngest, most technologically advanced, fuel efficient and environmentally friendly long haul fleets in the world,” Mr Fyfe says.

“Our long haul fleet purchases together with initiatives underway in the area of fuel saving, weight reduction and flying techniques put Air New Zealand at the forefront of environmentally responsibilities.”

By Szafi

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