New Delhi: SpiceJet successfully operated “India’s first ever biojet fuel flight” on Monday. Partially using biojet fuel, a Bombardier Q400 aircraft flew from Dehradun and landed at the airport in Delhi.
Powering the SpiceJet flight was a blend of 75% air turbine fuel (ATF) and 25% biojet fuel, the budget career said in a statement, adding, the advantage of using biojet fuel as compared to ATF is that it reduces carbon emissions and enhances fuel efficiency.
Made from Jatropha crop, CSIR-Indian Institute of Petroleum (IIP), Dehradun has developed the fuel, SpiceJet said.
The test flight carried around 20 people, including officials from aviation regulator DGCA and SpiceJet. According to an airline executive, the duration of the flight was around 25 minutes.
“It has the potential to reduce our dependence on traditional aviation fuel by up to 50% on every flight and bring down fares,” SpiceJet Chairman and Managing Director Ajay Singh said.