China became the latest nation to transport passengers on a commercial airline flight powered by used cooking oil. Hainan Airlines and its partners, including Boeing, achieved the milestone using a mixture of 50% conventional jet fuel and 50% biofuel derived from oil used by restaurants. The regularly scheduled Hainan Airlines flight carried more than 100 passengers from Shanghai to Beijing in a new version Boeing 737-800 aircraft.
Airlines in the Netherlands, Brazil, and Scandinavia have also flown commercial flights powered by bio-fuel made from used cooking oil. Sustainably produced biofuel, which reduces carbon emissions by 50 to 80 percent compared to petroleum through its lifecycle, is expected to play a key role in supporting aviation’s growth while meeting environmental goals.