03 December 2010
Lufthansa first airline to use biofuel on commercial flights
Lufthansa Airlines, the flagship air carrier of Germany and the largest airline in Europe is launching the world’s first ever scheduled commercial passenger flight using bio-fuel in April 2011. The daily flights between Hamburg and Frankfurt, made with an Airbus A321 aircraft, will be the first in the world to use a bio-fuel blend made from 50 per cent Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil (HVO). In a six month testing period Lufthansa (and partner Airbus) will study the the long term impact of sustainable bio-fuels on aircraft performance. According to Lufthansa, the airline will save around 1,500 tonnes of CO2 emissions during the six months trial.