Porter Airlines has successfully conducted the first biofuel-powered revenue flight in Canada using aviation biofuel made by Honeywell’s UOP. The Green Jet Fuel, which was made from the plants camelina and brassica carinata and then blended in a 50/50 ratio with petroleum-based fuel, powered one engine of the Bombardier Q400 turboprop aircraft as it flew from its base at Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport to Ottawa.
To date, Honeywell’s Green Jet Fuel has been used flawlessly in almost 30 commercial and military flights. The fuel was approved for use in commercial flight on July 1, 2011, and, since that time, Honeywell’s biofuel has been used on a number of commercial, passenger-bearing flights including an Aeromexico weekly route from Mexico City to Costa Rica, and a United flight from Houston, Texas to Chicago, Ill. The fuel meets all specifications for flight and has shown improved energy efficiency, allowing aircraft to fly further on less fuel.