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PARIS 2009: CFM continues biofuel evaluations

14th June 2009 - 16:19 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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CFM is to take part in the evaluation of a new biofuel test in 2010 in collaboration with Airbus and Mexican low-fare airline Interjet.

One of the airline’s A320s, powered by CFM56-B engines, will use test the biofuel which is based on salicornia, a halophyte (salt water plant) which is indigenous to Mexico. An experimental field of salicornia is currently being cultivated in Sonora, northwest Mexico, the aim of which is specifically targeted at biofuel development. The plant can therefore be grown along coastlines and not interfere with crops for food.

CFM has already been involved in the first biofuel demonstration on a narrowbody twin when a Continental Airlines CFM56-7 powered Boeing 737-800 made a flight with a 50% mix of kerosene and a second generation biofuel made from jatropha and algae.

Bernie Baldwin, editor, Low-Fare & Regional Airlines/LARAnews.net

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