Germany's Lufthansa to use 50% vegetable oil-based biofuel blend on daily passenger flights between Hamburg and Frankfurt for six months starting in April 2011 as part of government-backed aviation biofuels study

BERLIN , November 29, 2010 () – Germany's biggest airline, Deutsche Lufthansa AG, says it will launch the world's first passenger flight using biofuel next year.

The company said Monday that an Airbus A321 aircraft on daily flights between Hamburg and Frankfurt will be powered with a biofuel blend made from 50 percent vegetable oil.

The flights will begin in April 2011 and continue for six months as part of a government-backed study on the long-term impact of biofuels on aircraft performance.

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