Honeywell announced that its Green Jet Fuel has successfully powered the first transatlantic biofuel flight, which landed June 18, 2011, at Paris-Le Bourget Airport. The Honeywell-operated Gulfstream G450 became the first aircraft to fly from North America to Europe with a 50/50 blend of Honeywell Green Jet Fuel and petroleum-based jet fuel, powering one of the aircraft's Rolls-Royce engines. It was also the first business jet to be powered by a biofuel. The biofuel was derived from camelina, a dedicated energy crop that does not compete in the food chain as it grows in rotation with wheat acreage and can also grow on marginal land. The flight departed Morristown, N.J., at 9 p.m. Friday and arrived in Paris about seven hours after takeoff. The jet closely followed the route taken by Charles Lindbergh's famous first flight across the Atlantic.
Based on lifecycle analyses, use of Honeywell Green Jet Fuel on the flight saved approximately 5.5 metric tons of net carbon dioxide emissions compared to the same flight powered by petroleum-based fuel. Fluctuating fuel prices combined with increased restrictions in aviation emissions regulations drive the demand for alternative sources of fuel. Honeywell Green Jet Fuel is a sustainable fuel option that meets all specifications for flight without any modifications to the aircraft or engine. Honeywell Green Jet Fuel proved that it meets all specifications for flight on military and commercial platforms without any modification to the aircraft or engines.
In addition to biofuels, Honeywell offers a range of technologies to help airlines reduce fuel costs -- the largest single operating cost for airlines. Honeywell technologies also support worldwide air traffic modernization efforts to make flights safer, more fuel efficient, and can lower emissions.