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Porter Airlines to conduct biofuel-powered revenue flight on Bombardier Q400 in Canada.


Canadian short-haul carrier Porter Airlines and aircraft manufacturer Bombardier Aerospace announced on Thursday that the first biofuel-powered revenue flight in Canada will be conducted on one of Porter's Bombardier Q400 turboprop airliners in mid April 2012.

The airline said that it has timed its biofuel-powered flight close to Earth Day to emphasize the contribution that biofuels are expected to make in helping the aviation industry meet its targeted reduction in emissions.

Porter's biofuel-powered revenue flight will use a 50/50 blend of biofuel with Jet A1 fuel. The biofuel portion is derived from 49% Camelina sativa, oilseed crop, and 1% Brassica carinata.

Key partners in the biofuel programme include the producer of the crop of Camelina sativa, Saskatchewan-based Targeted Growth Canada (TGC), as well as Pratt & Whitney Canada, the manufacturer of the PW150A engines that power the Q400 aircraft. Funding for programme is being provided by the partners as well as by the Green Aviation Research & Development Network (GARDN), a business-led Network of Centres of Excellence that promotes aerospace technologies aimed at the protection of the environment.

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