In partnership with Boeing and other aviation partners, Air China has successfully completed its first biofuel flight. The two-hour mainland flight from Beijing Capital International Airport was conducted late last week and highlights the viability of using sustainable aviation biofuel sourced in China.
“As one of the largest and fastest growing aviation markets, China needs to grow its aviation industry in an environmentally friendly and economical way,” said He Li, Senior Vice President, Air China. “This flight is an important milestone for Air China and the aviation industry, as it demonstrates that aviation biofuels are viable and sustainable.”
The flight was completed as part of the Energy Cooperation Program’s Sustainable Biofuel Program, led by Boeing and other industry members, including Honeywell and Pratt & Whitney. Air China and Boeing are already working plans for an international flight between the U.S. and China powered by sustainable biofuel, which will highlight increasing cooperation on renewable energy development between the two countries.