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Qantas uses mustard seeds to power world's first ever commercial biofuel flight from LA to Melbourne
History was made on Tuesday, after a Qantas plane partly powered by fuel derived from mustard seeds landed in Melbourne, becoming the first ever dedicated commercial biofuel flight.

The 15-hour trans-Pacific flight, QF96, had taken off on Monday from Los Angeles with approximately 24,000 kilograms of blended biofuel which was 10 per cent derived from Brassica carinata, a commercial variety of mustard seed which can be grown by farmers in between regular crop cycles. The fuel was developed by Canadian agricultural technology company Agrisoma.

The Boeing Dreamliner 787-9 aircraft flying on the LA to Melbourne route reduced carbon emissions by 7 per cent in comparison to conventional aviation fuel.

Speaking on the occasion of launch of the flight at the Los Angeles International Airport on Monday, Qantas International CEO Alison Webster said, "The Qantas Dreamliner marks an exciting new era of innovation and travel. The aircraft is more fuel efficient and generates fewer greenhouse emissions than similarly-sized aircraft and today's flight will see a further reduction on this route."

The carinata seeds yield high-quality oil considered ideal for aviation biofuel, with one hectare of seeds yielding up to 400 litres of biofuel.

According to 2017 estimates, air travel accounted for 2.5 per cent of carbon dioxide emissions. Qantas aims at operating regular biofuel powered flights by 2020.

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