An Etihad passenger plane taxis to the runway for takeoff at London Heathrow Airport, on March 25, 2010
An Etihad passenger plane taxis to the runway for takeoff at London Heathrow Airport, on March 25, 2010 © Adrian Dennis - AFP/File
An Etihad passenger plane taxis to the runway for takeoff at London Heathrow Airport, on March 25, 2010
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Last updated: January 19, 2014

UAE's Etihad demonstrates flight with biofuel mix

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Etihad Airways said Sunday it has flown a Boeing 777 plane on a 45-minute demonstration flight powered in part by biofuel developed in collaboration with French firm Total.

The Abu Dhabi-based carrier has teamed up with Total, US manufacturer Boeing, local refiner Takreer and Masdar research institute in an initiative "to support a sustainable aviation biofuel industry in the United Arab Emirates," it said.

Biofuel amounted to 10 percent of the fuel used in the demonstration flight that took off Saturday, a Total spokesman said, pointing out that the biofuel was used in the past in a similar flight during the Paris airshow.

Etihad said the biofuel was partially converted from plants by Total and refined into jet fuel by government-owned Takreer.

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