Mexican jets to be powered by jatropha biofuel mixture

Aeromexico, Airports and Auxiliary Services and Boeing are using biofuels to power a passenger jet.

The companies call this an historic achievement in global aviation history. One of the routes is from Mexico City to San José. The airline said it was using a mixture of jet fuel and liquid from the oilseed plant Jatropha curcas.

The airline said that it is important to point out that despite the fact that this fuel is currently priced at a premium, starting with the first transcontinental flight in August Aeromexico will implement a program over the next year with Boeing 737-700 equipment powered by CFM56-7B22 engines, in coordination with Airports and Auxiliary Services, of commercial flights using biofuel to destinations including San José.

The first flight carried 250 passengers from Mexico City to Madrid.

The Jatropha plant grows in México and also Guanacaste, Costa Rica.

Boeing Commercial Airplanes who is providing the biofuel used for this flight, has repeatedly stated that the development of sustainable biofuel a is strategic plan and has long worked closely with other industry players, such as academic institutions, governments and environmental organizations, to accelerate the availability of sustainable fuel sources and low carbon emissions.

In October 2009, Boeing and Airports and Auxiliary Services signed a memorandum agreeing on a series of studies and formalizing this collaboration by a commitment to work through the roundtable for sustainable biofuels, a global multi-sector initiative.

Meanwhile, the Spanish Department of Civil Aviation Airworthiness and the Spanish Department of Aero Navigation and Civil Aviation, in various occasions, has said that the low carbon fuel complies with all safety and security requirements.

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