Interjet to operate Toulouse-Paris biofuel demo flight

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Mexican low-cost carrier Interjet is aiming to conduct a biofuel-powered demonstration flight between Toulouse and Paris Le Bourget in June.

Speaking to ATI in Venice earlier this week, Interjet chief executive Jose Luis Garza said the carrier will perform an Airbus A320 demo flight from Toulouse to Le Bourget to coincide with this year's Paris air show in June.

The flight will be powered by a 50/50 blend of jatropha-derived biofuel and kerosene in both engines.

"We want to show the world that it's possible," says Garza, adding that Mexico's Yucatan peninsula is capable of producing significant quantities of jatropha curcas.

Interjet had been planning to conduct a demo flight early last year using salicornia but the project was delayed because Arizona-based feedstock supplier Global Seawater failed to supply enough fuel in time.

Interjet is working with EADS and Snecma parent company Safran on the project.