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Boeing and All Nippon Airways (ANA) made aviation history as a 787 Dreamliner flew for the first time powered in part by sustainable biofuels.
"The 787 is the most environmentally progressive jetliner flying today, combining fuel efficiency and comfort with reduced carbon emissions," said Billy Glover, Commercial Airplanes vice president of Environment and Aviation Policy.
The flight, between Commercial Airplanes' Delivery Center in Everett, Wash., and Tokyo Haneda Airport, also was the first transpacific biofuel flight.
"Our historic flight using sustainable biofuels across the Pacific Ocean highlights how innovative technology can be used to support our industry's goal of carbon-neutral growth beyond 2020," said ANA Senior Executive Vice President Osamu Shinobe.
The 787 flew with biofuel made primarily from used cooking oil and emitted an estimated 30 percent less CO2 emissions when compared with today's similarly-sized airplanes. Of the reduction in greenhouse gases, about 10 percent can be attributed to the use of biofuel and approximately 20 percent to the technology and efficiency advancements offered by the Dreamliner, program officials said.