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Air France Flies From Toulouse to Paris With Used Cooking Oil

October 13, 2011

Oct. 13 (Bloomberg) -- Air France SA today flew an Airbus A321 passenger aircraft from Toulouse to Paris’s Orly airport with a fuel mix comprising 50 percent used cooking oil.

The 80-minute, 354-mile (570-kilometer) journey was the world’s greenest commercial flight, Toulouse, France-based Airbus said today in an e-mailed statement.

Besides using biofuel, the plane, which can carry more than 200 passengers, flew the shortest available route using a more- efficient continuous descent approach, Airbus said. That helped cut in half the overall emissions of carbon dioxide, according to the statement.

Airlines on July 1 won approval from ASTM International, the U.S. technical standards body, to fly passenger planes using fuel made from inedible plants and organic waste mixed with petroleum-derived fuel. Approval allows for blends of up to 50 percent biofuel. Since then, airlines including Deutsche Lufthansa AG and Finnair Oyj have flown using such blends.

More efficient air traffic management could result in a decrease of 10 percent in aircraft fuel consumption, according to the statement, as well as “significant” reductions in CO2 and noise emissions.

--Editors: Randall Hackley, Stephen Cunningham

To contact the reporter responsible for this story: Louise Downing in London at Ldowning4@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Reed Landberg in London at landberg@bloomberg.net


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