Airbus operated a successful A380 test flight Friday using a liquid fuel processed from gas, touting it as the first-ever flight by a commercial aircraft that was partially powered by an alternative fuel. The Gas to Liquids test flight from Filton to Toulouse lasted 3 hr. During the flight, one of four Rolls-Royce Trent 900 engines was fed with a blend of GTL and jet fuel while the remaining three were fed with standard jet fuel. Shell International Petroleum provided the GTL. The test, ...

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