Michelle Dunlop Herald Writer
The Boeing Co. and All Nippon Airways flew a 787 using a biofuels blend for the first time Monday.
The delivery flight took place between Boeing’s Delivery Center in Everett and Tokyo Haneda Airport. It is also the first ever transpacific biofuel flight, the companies said in a statement Tuesday.
“The 787 is the most environmentally progressive jetliner flying today, combining fuel efficiency and comfort with reduced carbon emissions,” Billy Glover, Boeing vice president of environmental and aviation policy, said in a statement.
The 787 flew with biofuel made mainly from used cooking oil. It emitted an estimated 30 percent less carbon dioxide emissions when compared to similarly-sized airplanes. Of that 30 percent, about 10 percent can be attributed to the use of biofuel and approximately 20 percent to the technology of the 787, which is built using mostly composite materials.
“Our historic flight using sustainable biofuels across the Pacific Ocean highlights how innovative technology can be used to support our industry’s goal of carbon-neutral growth beyond 2020,” Osamu Shinobe, ANA senior executive vice president, said.