On Sept. 15, Lufthansa flight LH 190 from Frankfurt to Berlin Tegel was fueled with a biofuel blend.

The Lufthansa Group has marked another milestone in its pioneering work in the testing of alternative fuels. On Sept. 15, Lufthansa flight LH 190 from Frankfurt to Berlin Tegel was operated using a 10 percent blend of the new biofuel component farnesan. This is the first scheduled flight in Europe to run on this fuel mix. Farnesan is a sugar-based bio-kerosene developed jointly by the Total oil group and the U.S.-based biotech company Amyris, which in April of this year received Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials Certification.

Lufthansa has signed a memorandum of understanding with JatroSolutions GmbH, a subsidiary of EnBW, the third-largest German energy company, to make jatropha production commercially viable. In future, Lufthansa will help the start-up company to set up a raw materials supply chain to ensure the provision of biosynthetic fuel derived from the jatropha plant.

Joachim Buse, vice president aviation biofuel at Lufthansa, commented, “In order to secure the supply of aviation biofuel, the requisite raw materials must be cultivated sustainably, at competitive prices.

With its Biofuel Strategy 2020, the Lufthansa Group is maintaining its commitment to climate protection. It is actively involved in various initiatives such as Sustainable Aviation Fuel Users Group and Aviation Initiative for Renewable Energy in Germany with a view to setting up a new supply chain for the future provision of the Lufthansa Group with biofuel.