Saturday, February 23, 2008

Biofuel Flights

Virgin Airlines will contribute to the development of greener fuels by connecting one of the four engines of a Boeing 747 to an independent tank filled with biofuel (aka agrofuel). The 747 will fly from London to Amsterdam but will not have any passengers.

Biofuel is considered by some as a means of reducing greenhouse gas emissions and increasing energy security by providing an alternative to fossil fuels. However, In October 2007, Nobel Laureate Paul Crutzen published findings that the release of Nitrous Oxide (N2O) from rapeseed oil, and corn (maize), contribute more to global warming than the fossil fuels they displace. From Wikipedia

As you see, Biofuel is still in the testing phase, so no one can claim that it will replace fossil fuel any time soon. But one thing to look forward to. If biofuel will be used in commercial flights, then EgyptAir passengers can rest assured that a new item will be added to the infamous EgyptAir menu. In the future you will be given the choice of: "Meat, Chicken, or Biofuel"

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