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Flying Green with Continental Airlines

June 18, 2009 By: Meagan Drillinger


Continental Airlines is taking steps to green the air. Thursday, the airline announced the results of its January 7 biofuel demonstration flight. The biofuel blend performed as well as or better than traditional jet fuel. It showed an approximate 1.1 percent increase in fuel efficiency over traditional jet fuel.

The demonstration was conducted in partnership with Boeing, GE Aviation/CFM International, and Honeywell's UOP. Continental's was the first biofuel demonstration flight by a commercial carrier in North America.

The biofuel used on the Continental demonstration is estimated to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 60 to 80 percent over traditional jet fuel.

"We are pleased with the successful results of Continental's biofuel demonstration flight," said Leah Raney, Continental's managing director of global environmental affairs. "We look forward to working with our partners as biofuels go through the certification process, and we hope to see these fuels produced in commercial quantities in the near future."

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