04 Jul 2011 12:07:09
Thomson to use biofuels on UK flights
Thomson Airways is to become the first carrier in the UK to use sustainable biofuel on a passenger flight later this month.
On July 28th, the airline is planning to use cooking oil to run a flight between Birmingham and Palma, providing final security clearance is received.
The carrier highlighted figures suggesting sustainable biofuels could slash long-term aviation emissions by 80 percent, but said the cost compared to conventional aviation fuel means incentives must be provided for its use.
Managing director of Thomson Chris Browne said: "We urge UK and EU governments to use this opportunity to review the legislation and remove the barriers around sustainable biofuels so that other airlines can follow our lead."
Thomson currently plans to operate one flight per week between Birmingham and Palma using biofuel throughout the summer and one each week to Alicante during the winter, before rolling out its use further over the next three years.
The airliner has also ordered 13 Boeing Dreamliners, which the manufacturer claims use 20 percent less fuel than comparable jets currently on the market.