Besides being the fourth of five Boeing commercial airplanes to arrive at the Paris Air Show in 2011, the Boeing 747-8 will be recorded in the chapters of history for yet another reason. When Freighter 77-8 landed at Paris Le Bourget Airport on June 20th, it became landmark in the history of green travel. Wonder how?
The transatlantic flight was powered by bio fuel!This is the first time that a sizable commercial airplane crossed the Atlantic Ocean with all of its engines burning sustainable aviation jet fuel.
It flew from Everett, WA to Le Bourget with all four of its General Electric GEnx-2B engines powered by a blend of 15 percent camelina-based biofuel mixed in with 85 percent traditional kerosene Jet A fuel.
To top it all, it has to be mentioned that no changes were made to the airplane, its engines or operating procedures prior to departure. Instead, normal flight parameters were followed and approved in advance by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration.
The ‘green plane’ was on static display at the Paris Air Show June 21 and 22 and left to Cargolux headquarters at Luxembourg for a two-day visit. Cargolux took the delivery of the first 747-8 Freighter to enter service this summer.
The historic flight deserves applause from green enthusiasts like us.
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