Airbus Flies First Synthetic Fuel Flight

 - February 27, 2008, 5:14 AM

Airbus on February 1 successfully made what it billed as the world’s first flight of a commercial aircraft powered by synthetic fuel. The A380 flew from Filton, UK to Toulouse, France, powered by a liquid fuel processed from gas using the Fischer-Tropsch process. During the three-hour flight, the number-one engine was fed a blend of synthetic and jet fuels, while the remaining three operated on standard jet fuel. According to the airframer, benefits of the gas-derived fuel include lower petroleum use, cleaner burning and less required engine maintenance.