US-Australia biofuel flight takes off

The world´s first dedicated biofuel flight between the United States and Australia, QF96 from Los Angeles to Melbourne, has been announced, the company said.

The historic trans-Pacific 15 hour flight will operate with approximately 24,000kg of blended biofuel, saving 18,000kg in carbon emissions.

Qantas will use biofuel processed from Brassica Carinata, a non-food, industrial type of mustard seed, developed by Canadian-based agricultural-technology company, Agrisoma Biosciences (Agrisoma).

The flight is part of the partnership announced in 2017 which will also see the companies work with Australian farmers to grow the country´s first commercial aviation biofuel seed crop by 2020.

Qantas International CEO Alison Webster said it was fitting that the airline´s game-changing Dreamliner 787-9 will showcase the future of sustainable aviation.

In 2012 Qantas and Jetstar operated Australia´s first biofuel trial flights. Qantas´ A330 Sydney-Adelaide return service and Jetstar´s A320 Melbourne-Hobart return service were both powered with biofuel derived from used cooking oil (split with 50:50 convential jet fuel) certified for use in commercial aviation.