Domestic Airline SpiceJet on Monday successfully operated India’s first flight partially powered by biofuel. SpiceJet aircraft a Bombardier Q400 flew on the mix of aviation fuel to the mix of 70% turbine fuel and 30% biofuel.

According to SpiceJet, the main aim of the bio-fuel powered flight is to reduce the cost of air travel by replacing the aviation turbine fuel with biojet fuel. This will help in decreasing carbon emissions and enhance fuel efficiency. 20 people including officials from aviation regulator Directorate General of Civil Aviation and SpiceJet Uttrakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat flagged off the flight from Dehradun.

The plane landed in Delhi in 25 minutes where it was received by Union ministers Jayant Sinha, Suresh Prabhu, Nitin Gadkari, Dharmendra Pradhan, and Harsh Vardhan.

SpiceJet Chairman and Managing Director Ajay Singh said, “It has the potential to reduce our dependence on traditional aviation fuel by up to 50 percent on every flight and bring down fares”.

The test could bring success means India can join other countries such as USA and Australia who have successfully operated biofuel-operated commercial flights.

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