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Air Canada Takes Off on First Biofuel Flight Today

By SHANNON KELLY

Air Canada will make its first biofuel-powered flight on an Airbus A319 (Photo: caribb)

A 50-50 mix of cooking oil and jet fuel will propel an Air Canada flight to Mexico City today, the first international flight to use the biofuel in North America.

Air Canada flight AC991 to Mexico City is scheduled to depart Toronto’s Pearson Airport at 4:45 pm today. The airline claims that biofuel-powered Airbus A319 will produce 40 per cent less emissions than on a conventional flight.

This particular flight is to promote environmental sustainability leading up to the Rio+20 United National Conference on Sustainable Development. Before biofuels become common use, they will likely have to become more affordable.

Aviation biofuels were approved for commercial use by the U.S.-based technical standards group in July 2011.

Canada’s first commercial biofuel flight was operated by Porter on April 17 of this year, from Toronto to Ottawa. The world’s first commercial biofuel-powered flight was completed by Dutch airline KLM in June, 2011.

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