TAM and Airbus have made the first flight of an airliner powered by Jatropha-based biofuel in Latin America. One of the airline’s CFM International CFM56-powered Airbus A320s operated the 45 min. roundtrip flight on Nov. 22 from Rio de Janeiro’s Galeão Antonio Carlos Jobim International airport with 20 TAM and Airbus people on board. In its fuel tanks was a 50% blend of locally sourced Brazilian Jatropha-based bio-kerosene and conventional aviation kerosene that was processed by UOP, a ...

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