Paris Air Show

Paris 2011: Boeing’s 747-8 Freighter Makes Green Entrance to Paris

 - June 21, 2011, 1:28 AM

The Boeing 747-8 Freighter landed here at Paris Le Bourget Airport yesterday at 5:35 p.m., after completing the first transatlantic flight of a commercial airliner powered on all engines by a sustainable aviation biofuel. 

The 747, piloted by Boeing pilots Keith Otsuka and Rick Braun, as well as Cargolux pilot Sten Rossby, flew from Everett, Washington, to Le Bourget with all four of its General Electric GEnx-2B engines powered by a blend of 15-percent camelina-based biofuel mixed with 85-percent traditional jet-A.

No changes were made to the airplane, its engines or its operating procedures before departure. The Freighter will be on static display here at the Paris Air Show today and tomorrow only.

Cargolux is scheduled to take delivery of the first 747-8 Freighter to enter service this summer.

The 747-8s arrival came just two days after a Honeywell-operated Gulfstream G450 flew across the pond burning a jet biofuel blend on one engine.