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Published on : Wednesday, July 20, 2016
In its very first contribution to powering air journeys with the aid of renewable resources, South African Airways ran a flight from Johannesburg to Cape Town utilizing jet fuel obtained from a tobacco plant.
It used nearly about 6,300 litres of bio jet fuel for this trip, as revealed by this air carrier on Friday. Boeing Co., along with SkyNRG had conducted this planned initiative.
Musa Zwane, acting chief executive officer, South African Airways said that the airlines company was aiming to fly at least 50% of their airliners utilizing biofuels within the year 2022.
The biofuel powered flights of the South African Airways is dependent on loans guaranteed by the government. Pravin Gordhan, Finance Minister said that he had asked the parliament to give South African Airlines an extension for the purpose of tabling its financials for the period that ended in March 2015. The financials are due for the last year. Therefore, the Treasury has been contemplating on whether it would grant further financial support to this airlines company.
In order to decrease dependency on oil and minimize the environmental effects of aviation, many airlines are looking forward to techniques that would empower flights to use more biofuels.
Ian Cruickshank, the head of environmental affairs said that South African Airways plans to use as much as 20 million litres of bio-jet fuel within 2017’s fourth quarter.
He also added that South African Airways was planning to utilize about 500 million litres of biojet fuel within the year 2023.