Air New Zealand operated a 2-hr. 747-400 biofuel test flight from Auckland on Dec. 29 using a 50/50 blend of jatropha-based fuel and standard jet fuel to power one of the aircraft's Rolls-Royce RB211s. The flight was conducted in conjunction with Boeing, Rolls-Royce and Honeywell (ATWOnline, Nov. 12, 2008). "Today we stand at the earliest stages of sustainable fuel development and an important moment in aviation history," ANZ CEO Rob Fyfe said, adding that the flight was the "first to prove ...

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