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    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/7805499.stm BBC NEWS Vegetable oil tested on NZ flight A passenger plane has successfully completed a two-hour test
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      BBC NEWS
      Vegetable oil tested on NZ flight

      A passenger plane has successfully completed a two-hour test flight
      partly powered by vegetable oil.

      Air New Zealand hailed the flight as a "milestone" in the development of
      sustainable fuels that could lower aeroplane emissions and cut costs.

      One engine of the Boeing 747-400 was fueled by a 50-50 mixture of
      jatropha plant oil and standard A1 jet fuel.

      A Virgin Atlantic test flight in February used fuel derived from a blend
      of Brazilian babassu nuts and coconuts.

      In Auckland on Tuesday, a range of tests were completed both on the
      ground and during the flight, said Air New Zealand Chief Pilot David Morgan.

      He said the oil from the plum-sized jatropha fruit performed "well
      through both the fuel system and engine".

      Fewer emissions

      Air New Zealand said it was the first time a second-generation biofuel
      had been used to partly power a passenger plane.

      Air New Zealand Chief Executive Rob Fyfe said the completion of
      Tuesday's flight was "a milestone for the airline and commercial aviation".

      Second-generation biofuels are said typically to use a wider range of
      plants and release fewer emissions than traditional biofuels such as
      ethanol.

      The International Air Transport Association says it wants a 10th of
      aviation fuel to come from biofuels by 2017.

      Critics of biofuels are opposed to turning farmland over to the
      cultivation of energy crops at the expense of growing food.
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      Published: 2008/12/31 01:32:37 GMT

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