NEW ZEALAND: First commercial 747 biofuel trials

Air New Zealand, Boeing and Rolls- Royce have signed an MOU to jointly conduct what they said will be the first trial of a commercial 747 operated with biofuel. The test flight will take place in late 2008 or early 2009 using an ANZ 747- 400. The aircraft will not carry passengers and only one […]


Air New Zealand, Boeing and Rolls- Royce have signed an MOU to jointly conduct what they said will be the first trial of a commercial 747 operated with biofuel.

The test flight will take place in late 2008 or early 2009 using an ANZ 747- 400. The aircraft will not carry passengers and only one engine will run on the blended biofuel/kerosene mix.

Boeing President-Australia and South Pacific Region Craig Saddler said in a conference call that the company is “now exploring second-generation biofuel feed stocks and processes that have the potential to reduce greenhouse gases throughout their entire life cycle.”