Aeromexico completed the first biofuel trans-Atlantic commerical flight this week on its Mexico City to Madrid route.

The Boeing 777 made the journey consuming a mix of 55 tons of conventional aviation fuel and 20 tons of fuel made from the plant jatropha curcas.  Aeromexico now plans on using this mixture for its weekly flights between Mexico and Costa Rica.

Jatropha grows in various parts of the world, including the southern Mexican state of Chiapas.  It is considered to be high, early yielding crop requiring little irrigation and even less management.

 

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