LH is flying a 744 from FRA to IAD on Biofuel this Thursday

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  1. Lufthansa Flyer
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    In a PR today from LH, they announced that this flight will conclude their testing of biofuel's impact on aircraft engines. This thursday, a 744 will depart FRA for IAD flying on the biofuel blend.

    Here's a cut/paste of the PR:

    Lufthansa to conduct first-ever transatlantic commercial biofuel flight to U.S. on a Boeing 747-400
    January 12th flight from Frankfurt to Washington, D.C. concludes six-month program testing long-term effects of biofuel on engines

    East Meadow, NY, January 9, 2012 – Today Lufthansa announced that it will conclude its successful long-term biofuel study by operating the world’s first biofuel-powered transatlantic commercial flight to the United States. On Thursday, January 12, 2012, Lufthansa will fly a Boeing 747-400 carrying approximately 40 tons of biofuel mix from Frankfurt to Dulles International Airport in Washington, D.C. Flight LH418 will depart from Frankfurt at 1:05pm and is scheduled to arrive in DC at 3:50pm. On this flight alone, Lufthansa expects to reduce CO2 emissions by 38 tons.

    Through its pioneering burnFAIR project, Lufthansa was the first airline to use biofuel on regularly scheduled commercial flights in an effort to study the long-term effect of biofuel on engine maintenance and engine life, as well as the environmental impact. From July 15 to December 27, 2011, a Lufthansa Airbus A321 operating along the Hamburg-Frankfurt route had one of its engines powered by a 50-50 blend of regular fuel and biosynthetic kerosene. In all, 1,187 biofuel flights were conducted, and according to initial calculations, the total consumption of the biokerosene mix amounted to 1,556 tons and CO2 emissions were reduced by 1,471 tons.

    “Our burnFAIR project went off smoothly and to our fullest satisfaction. As expected, biofuel proved its worth in daily flight operations,” confirmed Joachim Buse, Vice President Aviation Biofuel at Lufthansa.

    Biosynthetic kerosene is just as reliable as conventional jet fuel but with less environmental impact. Thanks to the higher energy density of biofuel, the fuel consumption of the corresponding engine is reduced by more than one percent. Furthermore, biosynthetic kerosene is free of sulphur and aromatic compounds.

    The principle behind biofuel is based on the carbon cycle through which plants withdraw CO2 from the atmosphere via photosynthesis. When aircraft engines burn biofuel, CO2 is released back into the atmosphere at a rate of about 50 percent less than conventional fossil fuels.

    “As a next step, we will focus on the suitability, availability, sustainability and certification of raw materials. But first we must tap into this market. However, Lufthansa will only continue this practical trial if we can secure a supply of sustainable, certified raw materials,” Mr. Buse said.

    Lufthansa’s innovative biofuel program is part of the airline’s continued commitment to limiting the environmental effects of flying through the sparing use of resources, participation in climate research, and ongoing improvements to air and ground efficiencies, among other initiatives.

    More information about the project is available at: http://www.puresky.de/en/
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    They´re using this Finnish company´s fuel. Good luck to both of them.


    Neste Oil's NExBTL renewable aviation fuel used for the first time on an intercontinental Lufthansa flight


    Neste Oil Corporation
    Press release
    12 January 2012 at 2 pm (EET)

    Neste Oil's NExBTL renewable aviation fuel used for the first time on an intercontinental Lufthansa flight

    Neste Oil's NExBTL renewable aviation fuel will be used for the first time to power an intercontinental flight when Lufthansa flies a regular scheduled service from Frankfurt to Washington D.C. using the fuel on 12 January. Lufthansa calculates that using biofuel on the flight will reduce airborne CO2 emissions by as much as 38 tons, equivalent to the CO2 released by six flights between Frankfurt and Berlin.

    The flight will mark the end of a six-month trial by Neste Oil and Lufthansa during which the airline flew a total of 1,187 flights between Frankfurt and Hamburg using Neste Oil's NExBTL renewable aviation fuel.

    Excellent results from using renewable fuel

    Lufthansa announced in a press release issued on 9 January that its renewable aviation fuel trial has been a success and has met the company's expectations. A total of approx. 1,500 tons of CO2 emissions were eliminated during the trial. Thanks to the higher energy density of the fuel, also the fuel consumption was reduced by more than one per cent.

    "The fuel behaved excellently and is perfect for aviation use," said Joachim Buse, Lufthansa's Vice President, Aviation Biofuel during a teleconference with the media on 11 January. "There were absolutely no problems during the flights, and the aircraft engines performed exactly as they would flying on conventional fossil-based Jet A-1."

    "It is very satisfying to hear that our renewable aviation fuel performed exactly as it should," says Matti Lehmus, Neste Oil's Executive Vice President, Oil Products and Renewables. "Neste Oil's NExBTL renewable aviation fuel is 100% compatible with aircraft engines currently in use, and no additional investments or modifications to the aircraft or their engines are needed. We are looking forward to hearing more details on the results of the trial with our new fuel."

    Following the end of the trial, Neste Oil and Lufthansa will continue to cooperate in the renewable aviation fuel area, initially focusing on research into various raw materials suitable for producing this type of fuel. The two companies will also collaborate in other areas of biofuel research and will share a joint stand at the International Green Week Berlin event to be held between 20 and 29 January this year.

    Neste Oil is one of the few companies that are currently capable of producing renewable aviation fuel in commercial quantities; and low-emission renewable aviation fuel is one of the areas where the company is looking to grow in the future.

    Neste Oil Corporation

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