India’s first biojet fuel flight successfully operated


New Delhi: Country’s first ever biojet fuel SpiceJet aircraft was successfully tested after the flight took its first fly from Jolly Grant airport in Dehradun Airport to New Delhi on Monday.

A 72-seater SpiceJet aircraft Bombardier Q400, powered with a blend of 75 per cent air turbine fuel (ATF) and 25 per cent biojet fuel, developed by Dehradun based Indian Institute of Petroleum (IIP), was tested to ensure flight safety.

Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat flagged off the flight from Dehradun’s Jolly Grant airport today. Around 20 people, including officials from aviation regulator DGCA (Directorate General of Civil Aviation) and SpiceJet, were in the 25 minutes duration test flight.

In a release, the airline said the advantage of using biojet fuel as compared to ATF is that it reduces carbon emissions and enhances fuel efficiency.

Earlier, America and Australia have successfully tested the biojet fuel powered flight while India as a first developing country is going to establish its name in the list.

The SpiceJet’s biojet fuel was made from the mixture of the oil extracted from the seeds of Jatropha plant and aviation turbine fuel. Five hundred farmer families of Chhattisgarh were involved in the production of the partially-refined biofuel used in today’s flight.

Biofuel flights could make air travel cleaner and more efficient, thus drastically reducing the cost of airline operations by reducing the dependency on aviation turbine fuel.


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