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Garuda Indonesia is testing palm oil-fueled aircraft engines


The transition to the flight test phase is planned for late August.

As part of a drive to cut carbon dioxide emissions, Indonesia's largest airline, Garuda Indonesia, has begun testing operation of CFM56-7B aircraft engines on jet fuel blended with palm oil, reports Reuters.

"This [testing of palm oil gasoline] is our first step toward preserving a sustainable and green economy. We will be Indonesia's first commercial airline to test renewable energy," according to Irfan Setiaputra, the company's chief executive, who was quoted by the news agency.

He said that last week, the company's experts started evaluating whether it would be feasible to run the engines of Garuda's fleet of Boeing B737-800 NG aircraft on eco-fuel, which contains 2.4% palm oil. The stage changeover to the flight test phase is planned for the end of August.

source: reuters.com