Boeing 787 Makes Transpacific Biofuel Flight

Japan’s ANA flies airliner with fuel made from discarded cooking oil.

Boeing 787 Biofuel Flight
Boeing 787 Biofuel Flight
ANA's Boeing 787**Tim Stake

Boeing and All Nippon Airways made history this week, flying a 787 Dreamliner across the Pacific Ocean powered in part by aviation biofuel.

The brand new 787 flew from Washington state to Japan using a biofuel blend made mainly from used cooking oil. The airplane emitted an estimated 30 percent less CO2 emissions compared to similarly sized airplanes, Boeing said. Of the reduction in greenhouse gasses, about 10 percent can be attributed to the use of biofuel and approximately 20 percent to the technology and efficiency advancements offered by the Dreamliner.

The delivery flight between Boeing’s factory in Everett, Washington, and Tokyo Haneda Airport was the first-ever transpacific biofuel flight.

“Our historic flight using sustainable biofuels across the Pacific Ocean highlights how innovative technology can be used to support our industry's goal of carbon-neutral growth beyond 2020,” said Osamu Shinobe, ANA senior executive vice president.