Lufthansa Begins World’s First Regular Biofuel Passenger Flights

July 15 (Bloomberg) -- Deutsche Lufthansa AG, Europe’s second-largest airline, became the first carrier in the world to offer regular scheduled flights running on biofuel, with four daily round trips between Hamburg and Frankfurt.

The airline will use a biofuel blend using 50 percent so-called hydrotreated renewable jet fuel, Lufthansa said. The fuel is made from feedstocks including inedible plants and wood chips. Lufthansa will fly an Airbus A321 on the services.

Air France-KLM Group, Europe’s biggest airline, operated the world’s first commercial biofuel flight last month, using a blend of recycled cooking oil to drive a Boeing Co. 737-800. Finnair OYJ plans to test planes between Amsterdam and Helsinki.

Airlines won approval in June to power planes with blends including biofuels made from algae to organic waste from the U.S. standards body ASTM International. The International Air Transport Association industry group set a target in 2007 to eliminate carbon dioxide emissions from air travel by 2050.

Other airlines that have run test flights with biofuels or begun exploring their use include United Continental Holdings Inc., Japan Airlines Co., Virgin Atlantic Airways Ltd., Qatar Airways and Qantas Airways Ltd.

To contact the reporters on this story: Andrea Rothman in Toulouse at aerothman@bloomberg.net; Louise Downing in London at ldowning4@bloomberg.net

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Benedikt Kammel at bkammel@bloomberg.net