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SpiceJet successfully tested India’s maiden biofuel-powered flight

A 78-seater Bombardier Q400 aircraft, propelled by a blend of 75% air turbine fuel and 25% biojet fuel, took off from Dehradun and landed in Delhi. “It has the potential to reduce our dependence on ATF by up to 50% on every flight and bring down fares,” SpiceJet CMD Ajay Singh said.

Rival IndiGo also toyed with the idea about five years ago, but dumped it later in favour of cheaper imported jet fuel.

Union minister Nitin Gadkari said the government was looking to float a “special policy” for biofuel use in the aviation sector.

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