The Qantas aircraft completed its first flight between the US and Australia using biofuels.
Australian Airlines Boeing 787-9 flew out of Los Angeles on January 28 and successfully landed 15 hours later on January 30 in Melbourne.
The board was fueled with 24 tons of biofuel produced from Brassica Carinata mustard, which, according to Qantas, allowed us to reduce carbon dioxide emissions during the flight by 18 tons compared to using regular kerosene.
Brassica Carinata is a special industrial mustard variety developed by the Canadian company Agrisoma Biosciences. It can be sown in areas unsuitable for growing food crops, or as a cover crop to improve soil quality in between food crop cultivations.
In the processing process, Brassica Carinata mustard produces oil, from which 20% of biofuel for aircraft, 70% of biodiesel and 10% of by-products are obtained.
As part of a collaboration announced in 2017, Qantas expects Australia’s first grain crop for biofuel production to be harvested in 2020.