India’s first biofuel flight set to fly on Monday

24 Aug 2018

PlaneIndia’s first biofuel flight is scheduled to operate this Monday, with SpiceJet planning a route from Dehradun to Delhi – as reported on the Times of India.

Even though biofuel flights are not a rarity in some countries, India is among the first developing nations to test the advanced alternative.

The biofuel-powered Bombardier Q-400 should take off from Dehradun and fly over the city for 10 minutes before landing there. If the test goes successfully, the plane will take off again and head to Delhi.

In January of 2018, Australian carrier Qantas flew a Dreamliner Boeing 787-9 for 15 hours, in between Los Angeles and Melbourne. Fuel for this flight was blended, with 10% being derived from an industrial type of mustard seed. Alaska Airlines operated some flights using biofuel made of 50% used cooking oil.

India is also leaning towards the sustainable option in an effort to reduce dependence on fossil fuel. Prime Minister Modi also released the “National Policy on Biofuels 2018” on the 10th of August, during a celebration organised in Delhi for World Biofuel day 2018.

The policy described biofuel as being produced “from renewable resources and used in place of or in blend with, diesel, petrol or other fossil fuels for transport, stationary, portable and other applications. Renewable resources are the biodegradable fraction of products, wastes and residues from agriculture, forestry, tree-based oil other non-edible oils and related industries as well as the biodegradable fraction of industrial and municipal wastes.”

The National Policy on Biofuels 2018 is targeting 20% blending of ethanol in petrol by 2030.