A320 makes Spanish voyage on biofuels

Oct. 4, 2011 at 8:29 AM
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BARCELONA, Spain, Oct. 4 (UPI) -- An Airbus A320 flew from Madrid to Barcelona using a mixture of conventional jet fuel and biofuel made from a species of camelina, an energy company said.

Spanish airline Iberia and energy company Repsol used a mixture of jet fuel and biofuels to stage the first commercial flight in the country powered by the alternative fuel.

Iberia's Chairman Antonio Vazquez Romero said the use of biofuels in the aviation industry would help address environmental concerns.

"The fight against climate change is one of the greatest challenges we face, and biofuels are essential for reducing our reliance on oil, increasing our competitiveness, and achieving the ambitious emissions-reduction targets set by the airline industry," Romero said in a statement.

Repsol produced the fuel. Iberia provided technical and maintenance services for the Airbus A320 flight.

The commercial flight burned around 5,700 pounds of the fuel mixture, which was derived from conventional jet fuel and biofuel made from the camelina sativa plant. The mixture, said Repsol, emitted 3,300 fewer pounds of carbon dioxide emissions when compared with conventional jet fuel.

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