Boeing has flown its first biofuel-powered 787 Dreamliner, with a delivery flight for launch customer All Nippon Airways (ANA) part-fuelled by used cooking oil.
The flight from Everett to Tokyo Haneda was also the first transpacific biofuel flight.
“Our historic flight using sustainable biofuels across the Pacific Ocean highlights how innovative technology can be used to support our industry’s goal of carbon-neutral growth beyond 2020,” said Osamu Shinobe, ANA Senior Executive Vice President.
The 787 flew with biofuel made mainly from used cooking oil and emitted an estimated 30 percent less CO2 emissions when compared to today’s similarly-sized airplanes.
Of the reduction in greenhouse gasses, about 10 percent can be attributed to the use of biofuel and approximately 20 percent to the technology and efficiency advancements offered by the Dreamliner, says Boeing.