FROM April next year, Lufthansa is to operate the world’s first regular commercial flight using biofuel. As part of a six-month trial, the German carrier’s daily Hamburg-Frankfurt service, an Airbus A321, will have one of its two engines powered by a fuel that is a 50:50 mix of Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil (HVO) and kerosene.
When burned, HVO emits carbon dioxide that was absorbed when the vegetable matter was growing. In this case, the oil is made by Neste Oil of Finland, which says it emits 50% less greenhouse gas than fossil fuels do.
Virgin Atlantic operated the first ever commercial flight to be part-powered by biofuel in February 2008.
What do you think, hipmunks? Do the greenhouse gas emissions of your flight matter to you? Would you make your purchasing decision based on how much carbon dioxide was emitted?
We’d love to hear from you, though we currently have no plans to add a sort option for “green-ness.”