Lufthansa to launch earth friendly A321

Lufthansa released plans to launch the world’s first ever commercial passenger flight using bio-fuel early next year.

The environmentally friendly A321 aircraft will begin daily flights between Hamburg and Frankfurt in April 2011 and will be be powered with an International Aero Engine and run on a bio-fuel made of 50 percent hydrotreated vegetable oil.

According to the airline the fuel developed by Finland company Neste Oil, helps nuetralise CO2 emissions by releasing the CO2 it absorbs when it grows.  
Lufthansa said it will study the sustainability of the fuel with a six month ‘Burn Fair R&T project’.

“We see great opportunities in the use of bio-synthetic kerosene,” Lufthansa chief executive Wolfgang Mayrhuber said.

“But we are gathering experience with it in daily practice.

“Indeed, Lufthansa is the world’s first airline to utilise biofuel in flight operations.

“This is a further consistent step in the sustainability strategy, which Lufthansa has for years been successfully pursuing.”

The airline added that the fuel is produced from “sustainable feedstock sources” and does not use food or water from the land.

Airbus president and chief executive Tom Enders said the new fuel is a dramatic step forward in the future of sustainability for the industry.

“Airbus is bringing together feedstock producers, fuel refiners and airlines, and with today’s announcement of passenger flights, we have taken yet another step towards making this real.”
Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J
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