Honeywell announced yesterday that Qantas Airlines has used its mustard seed-based jet fuel for a 13,000-km flight from Los Angeles to Melbourne. This is the first time such a fuel has been used for a flight between the two countries.
According to Dave Cepla, senior director of Honeywell UOP’s Renewable Energy & Chemicals business, “Honeywell Green Jet Fuel can replace as much as half of the petroleum jet fuel used in flight, without any changes to the aircraft technology, and still meet ASTM specifications.”
Honeywell Green Jet Fuel™ is manufactured from Carinata seeds, a non-edible industrial mustard seed. “Depending on the feedstock, this fuel can reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 65 to 85 percent versus petroleum jet fuel,” Dave added.
The seeds for the flight were engineered by Agrisoma Biosciences. Qantas has partnered with Agrisoma to promote Carinata as a commercial aviation fuel crop in Australia. The first harvest of this crop is expected in 2020.