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Biofuel Makes First Transatlantic Flight

June 24, 2011

On June 18, 2011, green history was made when Honeywell's Green Jet Fuel successfully powered a Gulfstream G450 business jet from North America to Europe.  Flying from Morristown, NJ, the plane flew a route similar to that of Lindberg's transatlantic flight, landing at Paris-Le Bourget Airport in conjunction with the 2011 Paris Air Show.

The plane was powered with a 50/50 blend of Honeywell Green Jet Fuel and petroleum based jet fuel. The use of the Green Jet Fuel saves 5.5 metric tons of net carbon dioxide emissions and is made from camelina, a dedicated energy crop that does not compete in the food chain as it grows in rotation with wheat acreage and can also grow on marginal land. The feedstock for this flight was grown and harvested by Sustainable Oils, a U.S.-based producer of camelina-based technology.

"This first biofuel trip across the Atlantic, along with more than a dozen other commercial and military test flights conducted to date, demonstrates that Honeywell Green Jet Fuel more than meets the demanding requirements for air travel," said Jim Rekoske, vice president and general manager of Renewable Energy and Chemicals for Honeywell's UOP. "Now that the initial ASTM International approval is in place, we are one step closer to commercial use that will help the aviation community reduce its carbon footprint and dependence on crude."

Honeywell Green Jet Fuel is a sustainable fuel option that meets all specifications for flight without any modifications to the aircraft or engine. With this trip, the biofuel is one step closer to commercial use with initial ASTM approval.

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