Airbus delivers the tenth A350-900 of China Airlines with biofuel in its tanks
Toulouse - Airbus offers its clients the option of a blend of traditional and sustainable eco-friendly fuels to power the aircraft for delivery flights from its main base in Toulouse.
China Airlines of Taiwan became the second airline to join the program. The tenth A350-900 of the Taiwanese carrier left Toulouse today (December 1st), for Taipei with a 10 percent blend of sustainable biofuel in its tanks.
Air Total has set up the first biofuel station near the Airbus factory in Toulouse. To date, Airbus has delivered 21 aircraft in total with biofuel since the start of the program in May 2016.
"The delivery made today shows once again that biofuels are a reality today," said Frédéric Eychenne, Head of Sustainable and Environmental Aviation at Airbus. "We are moving towards the regular use of new sustainable energy sources in our industry, to help fulfill the commitments of the international civil aviation community," he added.
Airbus has developed the sustainable fuel option program for the delivery flights in collaboration with Air Total, the French energy giant. For the storage of the environmentally friendly product, Air Total has set up the first biofuel station near the Airbus factory in Toulouse. To date, Airbus has delivered 21 aircraft in total with biofuel since the start of the program in May 2016.
The aircraft manufacturer also plans to offer the biofuel option for delivery flights from its sites in Hamburg (Germany) and Mobile (United States) from 2018. The option will then also be available from the Tianjin site. (China).
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