23 January 2014 | Will Green
Etihad Airways has announced a new initiative to support a sustainable biofuel supply chain in the United Arab Emirates.
The initiative, called BIOjet Abu Dhabi: Flight Path to Sustainability, will involve research and development and investment in feedstock production and refining capability in the UAE and globally.
The airline has formed a partnership with Boeing, oil refining firm Takreer, Total and the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology to deliver the project.
Etihad Airways has also conducted a demonstration flight of a Boeing 777 powered in part by the first UAE-produced biokerosene.
James Hogan, president and chief executive officer of the airline, said: “In collaboration with our key partners, our goal is to support and help drive the commercialisation of sustainable aviation fuel in Abu Dhabi, the region and also globally.
“We have made some important first steps in this process and our continued focus will be to develop further initiatives such as this which will facilitate the availability of sustainable aviation biofuels for Etihad Airways in the coming years.”