US-based airline Continental has announced plans to up its commitment to the conversion to more sustainable fuels with a test flight in January.

US-based airline Continental has announced plans to up its commitment to the conversion to more sustainable fuels with a test flight in January.The first biofuel-powered test flight will take place in Texas on January 7th, with the fuel made partly from algae and jatropha plants.

It will carry no passengers, but will be carried out on a two-engine aircraft, also a first for the aviation industry.

Company chairman Larry Kellner said: “This flight represents another step in Continental’s commitment to reducing carbon emissions and identifying sustainable, long-term fuel solutions for the aviation industry.”

The firm has already reduced its greenhouse gas emissions, along with its fuel consumption, by 35 per cent since 1997. It is hoped that the research will identify a suitable material that can replace jet fuel.

It was also voted as the World’s Most Admired Airline in a list compiled by Fortune magazine.

Continental is the world’s fifth largest carrier and serves 131 destinations worldwide.

This site uses cookies to analyze traffic and for ads measurement purposes.
learn more about how we use cookies.

Many of the flights and flight-inclusive holidays on this website are financially protected by the ATOL scheme. But ATOL protection does not apply to all holiday and travel services listed on this website. Please ask us to confirm what protection may apply to your booking. If you do not receive an ATOL Certificate then the booking will not be ATOL protected. If you do receive an ATOL Certificate but all the parts of your trip are not listed on it, those parts will not be ATOL protected. If you have booked a flight only where the ticket is not issued immediately, your flight will be protected under our ATOL. Please see our booking conditions for information, or for more information about financial protection and the ATOL Certificate go to www.atol.org.uk/ATOLCertificate