Neste Oil’s NExBTL renewable aviation fuel will be used for the first time to power an intercontinental flight when Lufthansa flies a regular scheduled service from Frankfurt to Washington DC using the fuel on 12 January. The flight will mark the end of a six-month trial by Neste Oil and Lufthansa during which the airline flew a total of 1,187 flights between Frankfurt and Hamburg using Neste Oil’s NExBTL renewable aviation fuel.
Lufthansa announced on 9 January that its renewable aviation fuel trial has been a success and has met the company’s expectations. A total of approx. 1,500 tons of CO2 emissions were eliminated during the trial. Due to the higher energy density of the fuel, also the fuel consumption was reduced by more than one per cent.
The fuel behaved excellently and is perfect for aviation use. There were absolutely no problems during the flights, and the aircraft engines performed exactly as they would flying on conventional fossil-based Jet A-1.—Joachim Buse, Lufthansa’s Vice President, Aviation Biofuel
Following the end of the trial, Neste Oil and Lufthansa will continue to cooperate in the renewable aviation fuel area, initially focusing on research into various raw materials suitable for producing this type of fuel. The two companies will also collaborate in other areas of biofuel research and will share a joint stand at the International Green Week Berlin event to be held between 20 and 29 January.