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Published on Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Air France completes 'world's greenest flight'

Air France claims to have completed the world's lowest CO2 emissions flight, using a mix of sustainable biofuels, optimised flight procedures and reduced onboard mass.


The commercial 80-minute flight from Toulouse to Paris pumped out only half the greenhouse gases of other flights of the same length, according to the airline.


It was powered by a mix of conventional kerosene and biokerosene made from hydrogenated used vegetable oils, which the airline claimed constitutes a renewable, sustained energy source with none of the environmental or social impacts linked to the use of agricultural biomass.


Made from used vegetable oil, this type of biofuel does not compete with the food chain nor does it deplete water resources, it said.


Other fuel-efficient measures taken during the flight included taxiing with one of the two engines shut down, climbing and descending continuously rather than in steps, and taking the shortest possible flight path. The aircraft was also fitted with a lighter seat, now used across the Air France short-haul fleet.



By Linsey McNeill

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  • Good point Richard

    And we have asked Air France to supply the answers. Watch this space!

    By Linsey McNeill, Wednesday, October 19, 2011

  • Air France's Green Flight

    And the aircraft type as well as the capacity versus the load? I'm sure these are very pertinent parameters to reveal.

    By Richard Mandunya, Wednesday, October 19, 2011

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