Part-biofuel Boeing freighter arrives at the Paris Air Show

Boeing has completed what it said was the first transatlantic flight by a commercial aircraft powered partly by biofuel.

A Boeing 747-8 Freighter, flying on a blend containing 15 per cent biofuel, landed at Paris Le Bourget Airport last night, ready for display at the Paris Air Show.

The aircraft flew from Everett, Washington, to Le Bourget with all four of its General Electric GEnx-2B engines powered by traditional kerosene jet fuel mixed with biofuel made from the camelina plant.

No changes were made to the aircraft, its engines or operating procedures prior to departure and normal flight parameters were followed and approved in advance by the US Federal Aviation Administration.

Camelina-based biofuel has been used in aviation trials by the US Navy and by KLM Royal Dutch Airlines to power the world’s first passenger-carrying biofuel flight, using a Boeing 747 and a 50 per cent blend of biofuel and kerosene.

The 747-8 Freighter is the fourth of five Boeing commercial aircraft to arrive at the Paris Air Show in 2011 and will be on static display on 21 and 22 June.