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Mexico demonstrates green jet fuel in Airbus A320 flight

Mexico demonstrated its research in biofuels with the successful flight of an Interjet Airbus A320 running on renewable jet fuel made by Honeywell.
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Written by Andrew Nusca, Former editor on

Mexico's Ministry of Communications and Transport last week demonstrated its work researching biofuels with the successful flight of an Interjet Airbus A320 running on green jet fuel made by Honeywell UOP.

The flight, made from Mexico City to Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Chiapas on April 1, was intended to demonstrate the conversion of Mexican-sourced jatropha, an inedible plant, to a drop-in replacement biofuel that can blend with (and thus reduce the reliance upon) traditional petroleum-derived jet fuel at up to 50 percent of the overall mix.

The renewable fuel powered one of the aircraft’s CFM56-5B4/3 engines (pictured at right), manufactured by CFM International.

The fuel, of course, was originally developed by the U.S. Department of Defense's research arm, DARPA for use by the American military. The idea: find a way to power transportation, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and avoid adversely impacting the agriculture industry.

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