Airframers join forces for biofuel development

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Airbus, Boeing and Embraer have signed a memorandum of understanding to work together on the development of drop-in aviation biofuels.

The manufacturers will look for opportunities to jointly promote and accelerate the availability of sustainable jet fuel sources by presenting a united front to government, biofuel producers and other key stakeholders, it was revealed today.

Airbus chief executive Tom Enders, his Boeing counterpart Jim Albaugh and Embraer's commercial aviation president Paulo César de Souza e Silva signed the agreement at the Air Transport Action Group's (ATAG) Aviation and Environment Summit 2012 in Geneva.

"Having these three aviation leaders set aside their competitive differences and work together in support of biofuel development underscores the importance and focus the industry is placing on sustainable practices," says ATAG's executive director, Paul Steele.