According to the "India Times" reported on August 27, India's low-cost airline Spice Air (SpiceJet) completed India's first use of biofuels on the 27th, marking the Indian aviation industry to a new level.
The biofuel aircraft is the Bombardier Q400, which flew from Dallas to Delhi, India, with a flight time of nearly 45 minutes. The aircraft's right-hand engine fuel is 75% aviation turbo fuel (AFT), and 25% is Biofuel extracted from Jatropha. The aircraft has a total of 28 passengers and 5 are aviation workers.
Bombardier Q400 Turboprop Aircraft
The report said that the test flight successfully showed that India has become one of the few countries that use biofuels, and maybe one of the first countries in the developing world to use aviation biofuels.
Spice Airlines said the company successfully completed the "first flight of Indian biofuel-driven flights." The Indian aviation industry is currently working to overcome the impact of rising fuel prices. However, it takes a while for biofuels to be used on regular flights. Compared to aviation turbine fuels, biofuels are low cost, reduce carbon emissions, and improve fuel efficiency.
“All these efforts are to build a user-friendly, affordable, and environmentally friendly aviation environment.”
—— Indian Civil Aviation Minister Suresh Prabhu congratulated on the successful test flight
According to the International Air Transport Association, the aviation industry's greenhouse gas emissions reach 2% of global greenhouse gas emissions. The association has set a goal and hopes that by 2025, 1 billion passengers will be able to take a plane mixed with traditional fuels.