Smell That? Qantas Begins Burning Biofuel on a Regular Route
Earlier this week, we talked about Porter Airline's using alternative fuel to actually fly some passengers around. Well there's some more very exciting news for Mother Earth and the impact of all of these planes criss-crossing the globe. The Aussies down under at Qantas can now add themselves to the growing list of airlines either experimenting with or using a type of biofuel on scheduled passenger service.
The Flying Kangaroo has announced that, starting next week, flights between Sydney and Adelaide will have a smaller carbon footprint. The fuel, a blend of cooking oils, is the same stuff that filled the tanks of Lufthansa's biofuel aircraft. Test flights will be making history in Australia with an Airbus A330.
In the interest of the environment, Qantas hasn't focused all their energies on this particular fuel as a sole source. The airline is also in talks with companies that produce green fuel solutions using both urban waste and sugar cane waste. We can only imagine what the exhaust will smell like.
Regular biofuel flights begin on Friday the 13th, but Qantas has addressed any skepticism behind the day by saying, "we're rational thinkers, we don't just fly on superstition." Let's hope they're right! Either way, we applaud Qantas' commitment to the environment.