This was not the first time that a commercial airline used biofuel for a flight, but this further sets a precedent for biofuel use in airplanes. The first biofuel flight took place in 2011, and has not been attempted many times since.
Also, it is important to point out that the flight was not run on 100% biofuel, it was a mixture of biofuel and traditional fuel.
“As a fast-growing domestic and international carrier, Hainan Airlines is demonstrating our environmental commitment by showing that aviation biofuel can play a safe and effective role in China’s air transport system,” Pu Ming, vice president of Hainan Airlines, said in a statement.
The flight was a Boeing 737, which is a fairly large airplane.
“We thank and congratulate our partners, whose teamwork, vision and commitment to sustainable aviation are helping to improve our industry and our environment for the long term,” Beoing representative Ian Thomas said.
The use of oil from restaurants is also good news, because it many times becomes a sanitation problem in China by flowing into gutters, where it is sometimes recollected and reused.
John Vibes writes for True Activist and is an author, researcher and investigative journalist who takes a special interest in the counter culture and the drug war.