Honeywell Green Jet Fuel™ Powers First-Ever Transatlantic Biofuel Flight


Honeywell’s Green Jet Fuel has successfully powered the first transatlantic biofuel flight, which landed at Paris-Le Bourget Airport.
The Honeywell-operated Gulfstream G450 became the first aircraft to fly from North America to Europe with a 50/50 blend of Honeywell Green Jet Fuel and petroleum-based jet fuel, powering one of the aircraft’s Rolls-Royce engines. It was also the first business jet to be powered by a biofuel.
The flight departed Morristown, N.J., at 9 p.m. Friday and arrived in Paris about seven hours after takeoff. The jet closely followed the route taken by Charles Lindbergh’s famous first flight across the Atlantic.
The biofuel was derived from camelina, a dedicated energy crop that does not compete in the food chain as it grows in rotation with wheat acreage and can also grow on marginal land. The feedstock for this flight was grown and harvested by Sustainable Oils, a U.S.-based producer of camelina-based technology.
Honeywell has produced more than 700,000 gallons of Honeywell Green Jet Fuel from sustainable, inedible sources such as camelina, jatropha and algae for use in commercial and military testing. In each of the 16 biofuel flights conducted to date, Honeywell Green Jet Fuel proved that it meets all specifications for flight on military and commercial platforms without any modification to the aircraft or engines.
Based on lifecycle analyses, use of Honeywell Green Jet Fuel on the flight saved approximately 5.5 metric tons of net carbon dioxide emissions compared to the same flight powered by petroleum-based fuel.
In addition to biofuels, Honeywell offers a range of technologies to help airlines reduce fuel costs — the largest single operating cost for airlines.
The flight received much attention from industry organizations and media outlets such as CNBC, Forbes and the Wall Street Journal, among others.
For more information, read the press release and watch videos of the first transatlantic biofuel flight’s takeoff and landing.
 
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