Lufthansa has undertaken the first scheduled flight in Europe using a 10 per cent blend of new biofuel farnesan.
Farnesan is a sugar-based kerosene developed by fuel supplier Total and biotech company Amyris.
Flight LH 190 flew yesterday (September 15) from Frankfurt to Berlin Tegel with a fuel mix that had been tested on a rig last autumn as part of the European Commission-funded study on biofuel blending.
Lufthansa’s biofuel activities are reliant on jatropha, an oil-bearing plant that grows in tropical and sub-tropical regions, and the group has signed a MoU with start-up JatroSolutions to make jatropha production commercially viable.
The airline has confirmed it will help JatroSolutions to set up a raw materials supply chain.