SpiceJet operates India’s first environment friendly biojet fuel flight
August 27, 2018: In a first in India, SpiceJet has successfully operated a test flight powered by biojet fuel. The aircraft, a Bombardier Q400, took off from Dehradun and landed at the airport in the national capital. The flight was powered with a blend of 75 percent air turbine fuel (ATF) and 25 percent biojet fuel, the airline informed.
The fuel that has been made from Jatropha crop will reduce carbon emission and enhance fuel efficiency. It has been developed by the CSIR-Indian Institute of Petroleum (IIP).
The flight was flagged off by Uttarakhand CM Trivendra Singh Rawat. It successfully landed in Delhi where it was welcomed by Road Transport & Highways and Shipping minister Nitin Gadkari; Civil Aviation minister Suresh Prabhu; Minister of Petroleum & Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan; Science & technology, Earth Sciences, Environment, Forests and Climate Change minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan; Minister of State for Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha; SpiceJet MD & Chairman Ajay Singh and other senior government and aviation officials.
Speaking about the biojet fuel, Ajay Singh said, “It has the potential to reduce our dependence on traditional Aviation Fuel by up to 50 percent on every flight and bring down fares. India is the fastest growing aviation market in the world today and it is our responsibility to grow using clean and sustainable technologies.”
The biojet fuel has been recognised by American Standard Testing Method (ASTM) and meets the specification standards of Pratt & Whitney and Bombardier for commercial application in aircraft.