Apr 17, 2012Science and Technology
Boeing and All Nippon Airways make aviation history

Boeing and All Nippon Airways made aviation history today as a 787 Dreamliner flew for the first time powered in part by sustainable biofuels. The delivery flight between Boeing's Delivery Center in Everett, Wash. and Tokyo Haneda Airport is also the first ever transpacific biofuel flight. 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. Made primarily from composite materials, the Boeing 787 Dreamliner is the first mid-size airplane capable of flying long-range routes, and will allow airlines to open new, non-stop routes preferred by the traveling public.

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