Green jet race: Gulfstream nips Boeing to claim first biofuel-powered transatlantic crossing en-route to Paris Air Show
PARIS, 19 June 2011. The honor of achieving the first jet aircraft transatlantic crossing using biologically derived fuel, in a surprise announcement, goes to Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. in Savannah, Ga., defeating the Boeing Co. Commercial Airplanes segment in Seattle. Honeywell International in Morristown N.J., flew a Gulfstream G450 business jet Saturday from Morristown, N.J., to Le Bourget Airport in France -- site of this week's Paris Air Show -- using aviation biofuel.
Boeing earlier had announced this flight was to be the first commercial jet transatlantic crossing using biologically derived fuel. Now Gulfstream and Honeywell can claim that honor. The Gulfstream Honeywell flight left Morristown N.J., at 9 p.m. Friday and arrived at Le Bourget north of Paris on Saturday morning about seven hours later, Honeywell officials say.
The Honeywell Green Jet Fuel-powered Gulfstream G450 closely followed the route taken by Charles Lindbergh’s first flight across the Atlantic in 1927 when the famous aviator flew the propeller-driven Sprit of St. Louis aircraft from New York to Paris, Honeywell officials say. The flight saved about 5.5 metric tons of net carbon dioxide emissions, Honeywell officials say.
Honeywell, Gulfstream, and Boeing are making the transatlantic flights using biologically derived fuel to showcase their companies' efforts to reduce carbon emissions using aviation biofuel. Honeywell Green Jet Fuel is derived from camelina, a dedicated energy crop that grows in rotation with wheat.
Honeywell has produced more than 700,000 gallons of Honeywell Green Jet Fuel from camelina, jatropha, and algae, with which the company has conducted 16 biofuel-powered commercial and military test flights. Scientists first developed how to produce biologically derived jet fuel in 2007 with funding and supervision of the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) in Arlington, Va.