Next Friday, Lufthansa will become the first airline to power regular passenger flights with a biofuel blend, according to Britain’s the Guardian.
While airlines have tested biofuel on flights, Lufthansa’s 11:15 a.m. Hamburg-to-Frankfurt flight will be the first to run on a mix of biofuel and conventional kerosene-based fuel.
The airline plans to use the fuel blend for six months on eight of its 28 daily flights between the two German cities, which is 244 miles each way, according to the Guardian. The 1,200 flights will save 1,500 tons of carbon dioxide.
“Our interest is to have sustainable resources in the future, to have an alternative to offer flights at affordable prices to everyone,” Lufthansa spokesman Aage Dünhaupt told the Guardian.
Last week, an international testing standards group approved a 50 percent mix of jet biofuel to help airlines cut carbon emissions. Critics say biofuels take up land for growing food, increase prices and, if deforestation occurs, emissions can even increase.
Why aren’t more airlines using biofuel? It’s expensive apparently.
Lufthansa’s Dünhaupt told the Guardian the airline paid “more than double” the price of kerosene and is spending about $9.4 million on the flights, a “large percentage” of which is fuel.