Mexico City, MX August 1st 2011. – Aeromexico, Boeing, and the Mexican Government proudly announce their participation in a historic achievement in global aviation: the first transcontinental flight, powered by a General Electric engine, in a commercial airplane powered by bio-combustible fuel.
The Ministry of Communications and Transport (SCT) along with the Airports and Auxiliary Services (ASA), in coordination with Aeromexico and the aircraft manufacturer Boeing, launch this unprecedented flight today; which will fly over 250 passengers from Mexico City to Madrid.
The flight will use a blend of 70 percent traditional fuel and 30 percent biofuel, which will be provided by ASA. This is composed of a mixture of petroleum-derived jet fuel and oil obtained from Jatropha Curcas oilseed plant, which is grown in several regions of the world including Mexico.
Aeromexico, as a member of SkyTeam and Sustainable Aviation Fuels Users Group (SAFUG), demonstrates its commitment to promoting the development of sustainable, alternative low-carbon fuels as part of the ecological initiatives
It is important to point out that despite the fact that this fuel is currently priced at a premium, starting with this flight Aeromexico will implement a program over the next year with Boeing 737-700 equipment powered by CFM56-7B22 engines, in coordination with ASA, of commercial flights using biofuel to destinations such as San Jose, Costa Rica.
Boeing Commercial Airplanes who is providing the biofuel used for this flight, has repeatedly stated that the development of sustainable biofuel is strategic plan and has long worked closely with other industry players, such as academic institutions , governments and environmental organizations, to accelerate the availability of sustainable fuel sources and low carbon emissions.
In October 2009, Boeing and ASA signed memorandum, agreeing on a series of studies and formalizing this collaboration by a commitment to work through the roundtable for sustainable biofuels, a global multi-sector initiative.
Meanwhile, the Spanish Department of Civil Aviation Airworthiness (ASTAM) and the Spanish Department of Aero Navigation and Civil Aviation, in various occasions, has said that the low carbon fuel complies with all safety and security requirements.
With this unprecedented transcontinental flight, the Mexican Government, Boeing and Aeromexico establish themselves as world leaders in biofuel development for aviation and reaffirm their commitment to work together to preserve the environment and contribute to reversing the impact caused by the aviation industry on the environment.
• The flight will be on a Boeing 777-200ER, with a General Electric engine that produces 12% less carbon dioxide per seat than its competitors.
• The biofuel was provided by Boeing Commercial Airplane and supplied by Airports and Auxiliary Services (ASA).
• Biofuel is composed of a mixture of jet fuel and from the oilseed plant Jatropha Curcas.
• This low-carbon fuel meets all requirements of the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM), The Department of Civil Aviation Airworthiness of Spain and the Mexican authorities.
About Grupo Aeromexico
Aeromexico, S.A.B. Ltd., is a holding company whose subsidiaries are engaged in commercial aviation in Mexico and the promotion of passenger loyalty programs. It has a fleet of Boeing 777, 767, 737 and the latest models of Embraer 145 and 190.
Grupo Aeromexico operates its main hub out of Terminal 2 in the Mexico City International Airport. The Group’s airlines operate over 500 daily flights to different cities in Mexico, the United States, Canada, Central and South America, Europe and Asia.
Aeromexico is a founding member of SkyTeam, the global airline alliance comprised of the following 14 airlines: Aeroflot, Aeromexico, Air Europa, Air France, Alitalia, China Eastern, China Southern, CSA Czech Airlines, Delta Air Lines, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Kenya Airways, Korean Air, TAROM Romanian Air Transport, and Vietnam Airlines. SkyTeam offers all partner airline passengers a large global network with more destinations and frequencies, and improved connectivity. Passengers can accrue and redeem miles with the different partners’ loyalty programs and enjoy the convenience provided at 465 airport lounges worldwide. SkyTeam offers its 474 million annual passengers more than 14,000 daily flights to 921 destinations in 168 countries. www.skyteam.com
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