Etihad Airways has flown the world’s first commercial flight using locally (UAE) produced bio fuel derived from saltwater Salicornia plants
The landmark 7 hour flight, on Boeing 787, took off from Abu Dhabi at 9:30am on Tuesday and landed at Amsterdam Airport at 2pm, local time.
The aircraft was powered by General Electric’s next-generation 1B engines, the eco-friendly alternative to crude oil to reduce carbon emissions.
The sustainable fuel was produced by “Sustainable Bioenergy Research Consortium (SBRC)”, a non-profit entity established by Masdar Institute, part of the Khalifa University of Science and Technology, UAE.
The bio fuel was derived from oil in Salicornia plants, also known as glasswort or picklegrass, which were grown on a two-hectare farm, the Seawater Energy and Agriculture System (SEAS) in Masdar City.
Watch how we prepared for our biofuel flight to Amsterdam on a Boeing 787 during @ADSWagenda. This is the world’s first flight powered by homegrown biofuels, developed from saltwater Salicornia plants in a sustainable facility at @Masdarcity.#FuellingTheFuture #InAbuDhabi pic.twitter.com/upUoIy5EGj
— Etihad Airways (@EtihadAirways) January 16, 2019