India’s low-cost airline–SpiceJet–is setting a new benchmark in the aviation industry this year by successfully completing the country’s first biofuel jet from Dehradun to Delhi.

A Sustainable Development

The historical flight is made using a blend of aviation fuel and plant oil, specifically Jatropha seeds. Mainly the oil from Jatropha is turned into biodiesel to operate in diesel engines, used in power electricity plants or to produce biogas.

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Based in Dehdarun, Indian Institute of Petroluem (IIP) develops biofuel for the flight. This change from the common aviation turbine fuel can reduce carbon emissions by 15%.

SpiceJet Chairman and Managing Director Ajay Singh commented that biofuel has the potential to reduce the carrier’s dependence on traditional aviation fuel by up to 50% on every flight and it could possibly lower airline fares too.

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The Historic Occasion

India’s first biofuel flight was made in Bombardier Q400 aircraft carrying around 20 people from Dehdarun to the country’s capital. The 45-minutes journey sees official from aviation regulator DGCA and SpiceJet testing the biofuel ride.

Around the world, airlines have been testing out biofuel as replacement oils for the betterment of the environment. The global airline body IATA has set a target for a billion passengers to fly on ‘green’ aircrafts by 2025.  With more investments in the green iniative, the aviation industry could achieve significant changes by producing only clean energy in future.

SpiceJet is fourth largest airline in the nation offering various domestic and international flights. Starting from 10 October 2018, SpiceJet opens a new route from Hyderabad to Bangkok and the non-stop return flight starts at Rs 17,299.

Words by Jessy Wong

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