The world's first commercial aviation test flight powered by a sustainable second-generation biofuel will take place on Dec. 3 on an Air New Zealand 747-400 with a jatropha blend powering one of the Rolls-Royce RB211 engines. The flight is a joint initiative among ANZ, Boeing, Rolls and UOP, a Honeywell company. The jatropha-based fuel, a 50/50 blend with Jet A1, has been certified as suitable by Rolls. The jatropha crude oil was converted successfully to biojet fuel using "proprietary" UOP ...

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