India's good initiative to save the cost of the fuel. The cost of the petrol was becoming too costly and this is an experiment to see if things happen properly for the first time.
The plane would flu from Dehradun (Uttarakhand) to New Delhi on August 27. India has joined the elite club of countries as SpiceJet's biofuel-powered plane flew from Dehradun to Delhi on Monday. India has become the first developing nation to use cleaner alternative for a passenger plane.
The 72-seater Bombardier Q-400 aircraft is powered by a blended fuel, made partially from renewable resources such as agricultural residues, bio-degradable fractions of industrial and municipal wastes and non-edible oils. It is a way towards reducing dependence on fossil fuels by shifting to a renewable form of fuel.
India's first biofuel-powered flight that aims to reduce costs of air travel by replacing the costly aviation turbine fuel was successfully tested today. A 72-seater SpiceJet aircraft, partially powered by bio-jet fuel, took off from Dehradun and landed at the Delhi airport.
The biofuel is made partially from renewable resources such as agricultural residues, non-edible oils and bio-degradable fractions of industrial and municipal wastes, SpiceJet said. Biofuel flights could make air travel cleaner and more efficient, thus drastically reducing the cost of airline operations by reducing the dependency on aviation turbine fuel.
The biofuel for today's trial flight, developed by Dehradun-based CSIR-Indian Institute of Petroleum, was rigorously tested to ensure flight safety.
The SpiceJet Bombardier Q400 turboprop aircraft that was flagged off by Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat from Dehradun's Jolly Grant airport. Around 20 people, including officials from aviation regulator DGCA and SpiceJet, were in the test flight. The duration of the flight was around 25 minutes, according to an airline executive. Union Ministers Nitin Gadkari, Suresh Prabhu, Dharmendra Pradhan, Dr Harsh Vardhan and Jayant Sinha were at the Delhi airport when the flight landed.
The biofuel-driven flight comes at a time when spiralling aviation fuel price has strained the finances of domestic airlines. The government will make an environment-friendly aviation action plan till 2035, Civil Aviation Minister Suresh Prabhu said. "We want to increase the use of biofuel in the country so that there is a reduction in greenhouse gas emission and import of petroleum. We will make sure that more and more airlines start the use of biofuel," Mr Prabhu said.
"It has the potential to reduce our dependence on traditional aviation fuel by up to 50 per cent on every flight and bring down fares," SpiceJet Chairman and Managing Director Ajay Singh.
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