Toulouse -- Airbus has announced a partnership with JetBlue, IAE and Honeywell to test the 2nd generation of biofuels.
The joint activity will help develop renewable energy technology to convert vegetation and algae-based oils into aviation fuels.
The goal is to examine the benefits of jet fuels that are made from renewable biomass sources that do not compete with existing food or water resources.
Beyond the initial environmental benefits of reduced carbon footprint and reduced emissions, the examination of 2nd generation biofuels will also investigate the potential for payload-range aircraft performance, reduction in fuel burn and increased engine reliability and durability.
"Airbus believes that 2nd generation bio-jet could provide up to 30 percent of all commercial aviation jet fuel by 2030," said Sebastien Remy, head of Alternative Fuels Research Programs for Airbus.
JetBlue's fleet of Airbus A320 are entirely powered by IAE V2500 engines.
Filed on location at the Airbus Technical Press Briefing