Following delivery of its fifth Boeing 787 Dreamliner, EgyptAir flew the aircraft home using biofuel.

Following the delivery of its fifth Boeing 787 Dreamliner, EgyptAir flew the aircraft home to Cairo using biofuel.

EgyptAir became the first operator to use a new Boeing programme that offers operators the option to use biofuel on delivery flights.

The 5,925 nautical-mile (10,973 kms) trip flight from Seattle to Cairo represents the longest 787 delivery flight using sustainable fuel.

EgyptAir used a biofuel produced by World Energy at its refinery in Paramount, California, the first facility designed to make renewable jet fuel on a commercial scale. Made from agriculture waste, the fuel is certified for commercial use and can be blended with conventional jet fuel without modifications to the aeroplanes, engines or fuelling infrastructure.

“We are committed to the sustainable growth of our airline and supporting commercial aviation’s efforts to protect the environment,” said Ahmed Adel, chairman and CEO of EgyptAir Holding Company. “The 787-9 Dreamliner is a great fit for our network and provides our customers with a responsible choice for air travel.”

EgyptAir ordered six 787-9 Dreamliners in 2017 via long-term lease from Dublin-based AerCap, a global leader in aircraft leasing.

Climate goals

Boeing says the 787 Dreamliner is designed for superior fuel efficiency and environmental performance.

“Its lightweight composite materials, highly-efficient engines and other aerodynamic improvements reduce fuel use and emissions by 20 to 25%compared to the airplanes it replaces,” the company says.

According to Boeing, the Dreamliner family has saved 37 billion pounds of fuel since entering service in 2011.

“Boeing and the industry believe sustainable fuel has significant long-term potential to help commercial aviation earn its licence to keep growing and meet our climate goals,” said Sheila Remes, vice president of Strategy at Boeing Commercial Airplanes.

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