Interjet flies biofuel-powered plane in Mexico
The Mexican carrier Interjet has conducted the first biofuel flight in the country, operating an Airbus A320 with a 30 percent biofuel blend developed from the local jatropha plant. The plants were harvested in Chiapas, Mexico.
Mexican President Felipe Caldaron has pointed to advancement in environmental sciences as one of the ways the country will grow its economy. According to a Consejo de Promocion Turistica de Mexico press release, "Mexico expects to produce 100 million liters of biodiesel by 2012 from its biodiesel pilot plant in Chiapas."
"The test flight is the realization of a two year ambition for Interjet to develop a production chain for renewable biofuel, with the purpose of creating a Mexican platform for sustainable aviation bio-kerosene," Miguel Aleman, Interjet's president, said in a statement.