GK: INDIA’S FIRST BIOFUEL POWERED FLIGHT
INDIA’S FIRST BIOFUEL POWERED FLIGHT:
A blend of oil from jatropha seeds and aviation turbine fuel propelled the country’s first ever bio jet fuel-powered flight between Dehradun and Delhi.
It was operated by SpiceJet’s Bombardier Q-400 aircraft.
A blend of 25% of bio jet fuel and 75% of aviation turbine fuel (ATF) was carried in one of the two engines of the plane, while the other engine carried only ATF.
International standards permit a blend rate of upto 50% biofuel with ATF.
“Today’s flight was a technological demonstration that bio jet fuel can be used in flights. It has the potential to reduce fuel costs by 15-20%,” SpiceJet Chairman and Managing Director, Ajay Singh said after the flight landed at Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International airport.
Minister for Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari said, “A policy will soon be framed on bio jet fuel for aviation industry and placed before the Cabinet.”