Continental Airlines has announced that it will be conducting the first biofuel-powered demonstration flight by a US commercial aircraft. The flight will be powered by a fuel blend including components derived from algae and jatropha plants. According to Continental Airlines the demonstration flight will be the first biofuel flight conducted by a commercial carrier using algae as a fuel source. The aircraft used for the demonstration flight will be a Boeing 737-800 equipped with CFM International CFM56-7B engines. The demonstration flight is scheduled to depart from Houston’s Bush Intercontinental Airport on 7 January.
Continental Airlines to use algae/Jatropha based biofuel blend in test flight January 6, 2009