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JAL Jumps in the Biofuel Queue Too

Where: Japan
June 30, 2008 at 9:15 AM | by | ()

Air New Zealand's trying it with jatropha, and Virgin Atlantic thought that coconut oil would do the trick. Now it's time for Japan Airlines to give biofuel flying a whirl.

Japan Airlines, aka JAL, is planning a biofuel demonstration flight before the end of March 2009 in a 747; they won't say which Japanese airport they'll fly from yet, but expect the flight to take an hour and to be the first biofuel test flight in Asia.

The other thing JAL won't say is what biofuel they'll use--because apparently they haven't decided yet. They are sure it'll be a second-generation biofuel (that means one that doesn't compete with food crops) so Richard Branson's coconuts are out. We'll have to wait a few months and see what those clever Japanese scientists come up with.

Related Stories:
· Japan Airlines to Make Biofuel Test Flight [Treehugger]
· Richard Branson Flies Around on Coconuts [Jaunted]
· The Green, Green Skies of New Zealand [Jaunted]

[Photo: St Stev]

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