Mexico’s Interjet to fly biofuel demo flight to Paris in time for air show

Mexican low-cost carrier Interjet is aiming to conduct a biofuel-powered demo flight between Toulouse and Paris to coincide with this year’s Paris air show.

I learned this by talking to Interjet CEO Jose Luis Garza after a press conference in Venice earlier this week to announce its order for some Sukhoi Superjet 100s.

The flight will be powered by a 50/50 blend of Jatropha and traditional kerosene.

Interjet had planned to conduct a biofuel demo flight early last year using a CFM International CFM56-powered Airbus A320, but this was delayed because Arizona-based Global Seawater failed to supply the required amounts of  salicornia.

Garza tells me he is getting involved with the demo flight because “we want to show the world that it’s possible” and he is keen to highlight that the Yucatan region of Mexico is capable of producing significant amounts of jatropha.

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