Porter Airlines operates Q400 biofuel flight
Porter Airlines (PD) on Tuesday conducted Canada’s first biofuel-powered revenue flight, operating a Bombardier Q400 between Toronto City Centre and Ottawa using a 50:50 blend of biofuel and Jet A1fuel in one of its engines.
The fuel was certified to the new American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) D7566/D1655 standard and the biofuel used was derived from the oilseed crops, Camelina sativa (49%) and Brassica carinata (1%), Bombardier said in a statement. The aircraft’s other engine was powered by Jet A1 fuel.
Pratt and Whitney Canada, the manufacturer of the PW150A engines that power the Q400 aircraft, participated in the effort. In preparation for the revenue flight, Bombardier said it flew a Q400 turboprop test aircraft in February partially powered by biofuel.