Boeing, ANA Celebrate First 787 Biofuel FlightBy IAG | April 17th, 2012 | Posted in Aviation News | No Comments
Boeing and ANA made aviation history today as a 787 This was a delivery flight to ANA from Everett powered in part by sustainable biofuels. The delivery flight is the first ever transpacific biofuel flight. The 787 flew with biofuel made mainly from used cooking oil and emitted an estimated 30% less CO2 emissions when compared to today’s similarly-sized airplanes. Of the reduction in greenhouse gasses, about 10% can be attributed to the use of biofuel and approximately 20% to the technology and efficiency advancements offered by the 787.
These are crucial numbers – the airplane's advanced design accounts for double the impact of biofuel. Numbers like this need to give people pause. We have been among those believing the biofuel future was a s close to a silver bullet as the airline industry was going to get. But the Boeing numbers illustrate the new technologies are easily as important, and sometimes much more influential.