Energy / Climate Change

October 26, 2008


JAL to Make First Asian Biofuel Demonstration Flight

Keywords: Energy Conservation Non-manufacturing industry Renewable Energy Transportation / Mobility 

Japan Airlines (JAL), a major Japanese airline, reached an agreement with Boeing and Pratt & Whitney on June 23, 2008, to conduct a demonstration flight with biofuel to accelerate current research and development of alternative fuels to reduce and offset the environmental impact. The companies planned to conduct a screening to select the best performing biofuel by the end of August 2008, and a demonstration flight out of an airport in Japan is scheduled for the end of FY2008, which ends on March 31, 2009.

For the demonstration flight, biofuel blended with jet fuel will be used in one of the four fuel tanks, and the other three tanks are to be filled with conventional jet fuel. As the blended biofuel would meet the quality standards for jet fuel, no renovation of the aircraft and engines is required for the flight.

The biofuel to be used for the demonstration flight will be selected from among second-generation biofuels, which are non-food derivatives and have high production efficiency. Through this demonstration flight, JAL aims to contribute to the development of biofuels and their expanded use in the aviation industry.
- Global Warming Observations from Commercial Jets (Related JFS article)
- Commercial Jetliners to Strengthen GHG Monitoring (Related JFS article)
- Atmospheric CO2 Concentrations Measured Continuously Using Commercial Airliners (Related JFS article)
- JAL Supports Greening Project in China through Donations of Frequent Flyer Miles (Related JFS article)
- JAL Reports 167 Siberian Forest Fires in 2007 (Related JFS article)

Posted: 2008/10/26 11:33:49 AM