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Iberia Flies Spain’s First Commercial Flight Using Plant-Fuel

The Spanish airline Iberia Lineas Aereas de Espana SA today flew the country’s first commercial flight, on an Airbus A320 from Madrid to Barcelona using a blend of fuel made from the inedible camelina plant.

The fuel was produced by UOP LLC, a unit of U.S.-based Honeywell International Inc., according to an e-mailed statement today from Madrid-based Iberia. It was certified by the oil company Repsol YPF SA, and was mixed with traditional jet fuel so it made up 25 percent of the total.