Airline completes first commercial flight in Colombia power by bio-fuel

LAN Colombia, member of the LATAM Airlines Group, has carried out the first flight using second generation bio-fuel. The aircraft used for the flight was an Airbus A320 between the cities of Bogota and Cali.

The fuel came from a plant called camelina, and it meets the strictest technical standards required to fly.

“This milestone represents our second initiative in this area,” said Ignacio Cueto, CEO of the Bogota’s based airline. “At LAN we aim to develop sustainable bio-fuels for commercial aircraft with a high production potential in South America.

According to Sylvia Escovar, president of the fuel company Terpel, the flight is “a major commitment that not only contributes to growing the aviation industry in the country and region,  but also has a positive impact that invigorates the agricultural industry and provides a significant step for Colombia’s export efforts.”

LAN Colombia chose the Bogota-Cali route because Cali is a strategic city for consolidating LAN’s operations in the country. At the same time, the Cauca Valley led the way in Colombia’s bio-fuel production, making it a symbolic department to start this type of project in the country.

The effect of bio-fuel on the environment

By using bio-fuels during the flight, the CO2 released is almost the same as what was captured by vegetable crops during growth; therefore, there is no additional release of CO2 into the atmosphere.

Second generation bio-fuels, such as the one used for this flight, are fuels derived from a raw material that does not compete with food sources or with basic human resources. They do not occupy areas that can be used to cultivate crops, which is essential in the development of this resource and of our planet.

Source | Renewable Energy Magazine

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