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Air France, Airbus operate “world’s greenest commercial flight”

written by australianaviation.com.au | October 17, 2011
Air France and Airbus claim to have completed the world's "greenest" commercial flight by combining biofuel and air traffic management technologies. (Airbus)

An Air France Airbus A321 has flown a scheduled flight between Toulouse and Paris/Orly which was able to cut CO2 emmissions in half due to a combination of “optimised” air traffic management (ATM) procedures including continuous descent approach, and the use of biofuels.

Flight AF6129 used a 50:50 biofuel/jet fuel mix in both engines, which, together with the optimised ATM and flying a continuous descent approach reduced CO2 emissions to 54 grams per passenger per kilometre, according to Airbus.

“This is not just a biofuel flight but the first flight that really puts into practice elements in the Airbus roadmap: biofuels, optimised ATM, green navigation,” said Andrea Debbane, head environmental affairs at Airbus.

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