China conducted its first demonstration flight powered partly by biofuels on Friday, using an Air China 747-400 jet.
According to Xin Dingding and Wang Wen of the Asia News Network, “The one-hour trial used 13.1 tons of biofuel blend – half conventional jet fuel and half China-grown, jatropha-based biofuel – to power one of four engines on an Air China 747-400 jet.”
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“”Everything went smoothly,” Zheng Weimin, the captain of the flight, said. “I detected no obvious difference in engines powered by the biofuel blend and conventional jet fuel.”
“The trial was part of a Sino-US energy cooperation program and marked a milestone in the two countries’ joint efforts regarding biofuel and high technology, said William Zarit, minister counselor for commercial affairs at the US embassy.”