Oil from humble saltwater plant blended with jet fuel on Etihad Airways flight

One type of salicornia plant.

Enlarge / Glasswort bush
(Salicornia europaea), Chenopodiaceae. (credit:
De Agostini/Getty Images
)

On Wednesday, an Etihad Airways Boeing 787 in Abu Dhabi embarked
on a roughly seven-hour flight to Amsterdam with its tank full of a
mixture of jet fuel and biofuel. The biofuel was derived from oil
pressed out of Salicornia plants, which require saltwater to
grow.


Gulf News reported
that a full 50 percent of the jet fuel
needed to take the plane to its destination was biofuel, which is
an extraordinarily high ratio of biofuel to jet fuel, if this
report is correct. Ars contacted Etihad Airways to confirm this
number, and we will update the story when we receive a
response.

Previous notable flights using biofuel have included a
Qantas flight that used a 10-percent blend
of mustard seed oil,
a
Virgin Atlantic flight
that used a 5-percent blend of fuel made
from industrial waste gas, an
Alaska Airlines flight
that used a 20-percent blend of fuel
made from waste wood from Pacific Northwest timber harvests, and a
series of
United Airlines flights
that used a 30-percent blend of biofuel
from various sources.

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Oil from humble saltwater plant blended with jet fuel on Etihad Airways flight