The world's first sustainable biofuel flight now is expected to take place as early as Dec. 18 or possibly over Christmas with a jatropha-based fuel powering one engine on an Air New Zealand 747-400 on a 3-hr. gate-to-gate flight from Auckland. The fuel is a 50/50 blend of standard Jet A1 and synthetic paraffinic kerosene derived from jatropha oil. The test flight is an initiative among ANZ, Boeing, Rolls-Royce and UOP, a Honeywell company. It had been expected to occur on Dec. 3 but was ...

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