Boeing jetliner crosses Atlantic with biofuel and kerosene

Boeing is to make the world’s first transatlantic crossing with a commercial jetliner fuelled with a blend of biofuel and kerosene.

The flight has been timed to coincide with the Paris Air Show where the aircraft — Boeing’s new 747-8 Freighter — is making its international air show debut.

Boeing said the crew will fly the aircraft with each of the 747-8 Freighter’s four GE GEnx-2B engines powered by a blend of 15 per cent camelina-based biofuel mixed with 85 per cent traditional kerosene fuel (Jet-A).

The company said in a statement that it does not need to make any changes to the aircraft, its engines or operating procedures prior to departure to accommodate biofuel use.

It is scheduled to arrive at Le Bourget Airport on Monday 20 June at about 1700 Paris local time after a 4,989-mile flight.

Camelina, the plant source used to create the biofuel, was grown in Montana and processed by Honeywell subsidiary UOP.

Grown in rotation with dry wheat, Camelina is said to be one of the biofuel sources identified during a comprehensive regional analysis conducted by Boeing and others in the northwestern US as part of the Sustainable Aviation Fuels Northwest project.