Continental Airlines will demonstrate the first biofuel-powered flight of a U.S. airliner in Houston January 7.
The flight, operated with no passengers, will be powered by a special fuel blending that includes components derived from algae and jatropha plants. The plants are sustainable, second-generation fuel sources that don’t impact fuel crops or water resources or contribute to deforestation, the airline says in a news release.
Continental is partnering with Boeing, CFM International, Snecma and Sapphire Energy and Terrasol.
The demo flight will be the first commercial airline flight using algae as a fuel source and the first using a two-engine aircraft, the Boeing 737-800.