Flights with a biokerosene mixture from March
Lufthansa Group will be fuelling its aircraft at Oslo airport with a biokerosene mixture from March. It recently became the first airline group to sign this kind of contract with the Norwegian oil company Statoil Aviation, pushing forward on a path of research, testing and use of alternative fuels that started four years ago.
From March, for a period of a year, Statoil will feed 2.5 million gallons of sustainably produced, certified biofuel into the tanks at Oslo airport. The 5,000 flights that Lufthansa Group (Lufthansa, Swiss, Austrian, Germanwings, Brussels Airlines) operates from the Norwegian capital will then be flying on a biokerosene mixture.
Oslo is the world’s first large commercial airport to offer continuous provision of biofuel over a long period, to fuel aircraft with biokerosene directly from its hydrant system. For Lufthansa, this is the next step from its previous test flights, made as part of the recently concluded burnFAIR project, toward the use of alternative fuels in regular flight operations.
In 2011, Lufthansa was the first airline in the world to run regular flight operations with a biokerosene mixture by operating an Airbus A321 between Frankfurt and Hamburg for half a year as part of the project. The long-term testing was accompanied by detailed emissions measurements and research into production and biomass availability.
[image courtesy Lufthansa Group]