Aircraft maker Boeing has made a successful test flight using Neste Oil’s NEXBTL renewable diesel fuel. This Neste news release says the Boeing 787 Dreamliner flew as part of the ecoDemonstrator program on a 15 percent blend of the green fuel for the first time in history.
“The airplane performed as designed with the green diesel blend, just as it does with conventional jet fuel,” said Capt. Mike Carriker, Chief Pilot Boeing Product Development and 777X. “This is exactly what we want to see in flight tests with a new type of fuel.”
“Aviation is one of our target markets, and we were happy to be involved in this test. NEXBTL has already been used on approximately 1,200 regular flights, but the fuel was specifically manufactured as aviation fuel. The successful test flight was carried out using renewable diesel as a 15% component of fossil kerosene. The objective is that low blends of high-quality renewable diesel will be used in aviation fuels in the future,” says Kaisa Hietala, Neste Oil’s Executive Vice President of Renewable Products Business Area.