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Air New Zealand partners with Boeing, Rolls-Royce to test biofuel blend in 747

Posted by gmarkets on 5 October, 2007

Air New Zealand would start ground-breaking aircraft testing of biofuels as early as next year and believed the technology could become commercially viable for airlines sooner than expected, wrote aviation writer Steve Creedy in The Australian (29/9/2007, p.35).

Testing to be done: The airline was partnering with aircraft manufacturer Boeing and engine-maker Rolls-Royce to test a biofuel blend on one of its Boeing 747s. It would be the first real-world test of biofuels for the Rolls-Boeing combination. The Kiwi flag-carrier said yesterday the Boeing 747 test flight would originate in Auckland but not carry passengers. Only one of the plane’s four engines would run on a biofuel-kerosene mix. Tests before the flight at the end of next year or early in 2009 would determine what sort of biofuel would be used and the level of the blend.

The Australian, 29/9/2007, p. 35

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