German airline starts using biofuel

2011-07-15 16:12

Berlin - Germany's biggest airline, Deutsche Lufthansa AG, says it has begun trial flights using biofuels in a bid to reduce carbon dioxide emissions.

Lufthansa said on Friday that an Airbus A321 flying the Hamburg-Frankfurt route 4 times daily will use a 50/50 mix of regular fuel and biosynthetic kerosene in 1 of its 2 engines for the next 6 months.

The airline says during the test period, the use of biofuel will reduce CO² emissions by up to 1 500 tons.

German environmental group BUND criticised the project, saying any short-haul flight is bad for the environment compared with train travel.

In another effort to reduce emissions and fuel use, Lufthansa said on Monday it will begin using a new plastic cargo container that is 15% lighter than the traditional aluminum ones.