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Lufthansa positive on biofuel but delays use

The Local · 11 Jan 2012, 13:03

Published: 11 Jan 2012 13:03 GMT+01:00

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The pilot project involving some flights between Hamburg and Frankfurt "has had a positive result from which we want to continue to work," the airline's official in charge of the project, Joachim Buse, said.

But he said the airline would not take it further unless production of the fuel - a synthetic based on vegetable oil essentially using a plant grown in Indonesia - is stepped up.

"The objective is to arrive at a price (for fuel) on the basis of which we can work," he said in a telephone conference.

Lufthansa will initially focus on cooperating with producer countries in Africa and Asia to stimulate production, for example by making commitments to buy certain quantities, he added.

Under the €6.6 million ($8.4 million) project, the airline ran four flights a day between the northern city of Hamburg and Frankfurt in the west with one of two engines running in part on biofuel.

The German government subsidised part of the project which resulted in the emission of nearly 1,500 tonnes less carbon dioxide over 1,187 flights.

It will officially end Thursday with a flight from Frankfurt to Washington.

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Air Japan and Air New Zealand have already tested biofuels in their airplanes but Lufthansa has said it would be the first carrier to use it on a regular basis.

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15:13 January 11, 2012 by jmclewis
If Lufthansa goes 100% bio fuel they will go bankrupt.
19:34 January 11, 2012 by The-ex-pat

Based on??
20:31 January 11, 2012 by carlm
When you burn bio fuel, do rose petals come out of the exhaust? Do they smell like air freshener? Do they make rainbows? Do they bring whirled peas?

All these kommie, tree hugger, renewable, sustainable fuels are the dreams of morons.

The reason fossil fuels rule the world and will for the next few centuries is, in spite of their drawbacks, they're the best there is. And there is certainly no shortage of them. As the great Ronald Reagan used to say, the fuel shortages of the 70's weren't caused by a shortage of energy, but by a surplus of government.

00:53 January 12, 2012 by cheeba
making people in rich countries feel good about themselves while jacking up the price of food staples for those who can barely afford to eat as it is. And are they destroying yet more rain forest to cultivate this plant in Indonesia? Let's not forget deforestation in the tropics is a much bigger contributer to global warming that airline fuel will ever be.
03:30 January 12, 2012 by anaverageguy
Yes of course. Lufthansa is all for it...... as long as the government is subsidizing it. Why wouldn't they be? They can put on their green jacket and be very public about their support of alternative sources of fuel.

But the cold hard truth is that there's been no increase in global temps since 1998 even with CO2 levels continuing to increase. The sun is reported as going into a "quiet" phase which portends cooling for the next few decades. Then there's the food or fuel argument. Easy to be for bio fuel to take you from here to there if you have a full stomach. Easy to be for bio fuel if you don't mind the loss of rain forest.

Soon, but not soon enough, this will be like "corn ethanol" in the US. Government support will slowly dwindle as the truth comes out and subsidies will gradually be removed and the prices will make them uncompetitive. There won't be any big announcement, they just won't order anymore. No harm no foul........ Except for the millions of tax dollars wasted on what was possible, but not feasible.
13:41 January 12, 2012 by jmclewis
@ The-ex-pat

Bio fuels are 400% more expensive per Liter....... before being subsidized by the tax payer.
13:37 January 25, 2012 by mshameemahmed
hmm..,Lufthansa Passenger then need to pay more......
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