In a first in Indian aviation, SpiceJet will operate a demonstration flight powered by biofuel on Monday morning.
The airline’s Q400 plane will conduct a flight at Dehradun. If the test passes off successfully, the aircraft — powered by a mix of conventional air turbine fuel and biofuel — will operate a flight to Delhi.
“It will be a demonstration flight. There will be no passengers on it, except the airline executives and DGCA officials,” said a source.
The first-ever flight using biofuel was flown ten years ago by the Virgin Atlantic airlines between London and Amsterdam. The International Air Transport Association wants biofuel flights to transport a billion passengers globally by 2015.
In India, eco-friendly fuel initiatives have failed to take off. In 2010, now-defunct Kingfisher Airlines had entered into a three-year memorandum of understanding with the Anna University in Chennai for a joint research collaboration programme to explore alternative energy sources.
Initially, the plan was to develop biofuel for ground vehicles and later extend it to aircraft.