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Dec 28, 2008

Air New Zealand, Boeing

World's first commercial aviation test flight powered by a sustainable second-generation biofuel is ready for liftoff. On Dec. 30, an Air New Zealand 747-400 will take off from Auckland for a 2-hr. flight with one Rolls-Royce RB211 powered by a jatropha blend (ATWOnline, Dec. 11). The pilot in command, ANZ 747 Fleet Manager Keith Pattie, and his crew will operate the flight predominantly over the wider Hauraki Gulf area. They will undertake a number of fuel tests confirming and measuring the performance of the engine and fuel systems at various altitudes and under a variety of operating conditions. Dec 24, 2008

Air New Zealand, Boeing

Air New Zealand is reporting a successful first test flight of a Boeing 747-400 powered in part by the biofuel jatropha.The flight was conducted today from Auckland International Airport and took around 2hr, during which more than a dozen performance tests were carried out. ANZ says the biofuel blend of 50:50 jatropha (synthetic paraffinic kerosene made from the oil of the Jatropha shrub) and Jet A1 fuelwas used to successfully power one of the Rolls-Royce RB211 engines on the 747-400. Dec 23, 2008

All Nippon Airways

All Nippon Airways plans to increase service to North America despite the global economic downturn. ANA is looking at new flights between New York and Tokyo, as well as direct links to the Japanese city of Nagoya. As the first customer for the much-delayed Boeing 787, ANA says deliveries of the new, fuel-efficient aircraft will allow for even faster growth. "Once introduced, that will enable us to expand our network in North America," according to a company executive. Dec 26, 2008

China Southern Airlines, Airbus, Panasonic

China Southern Airlines, the 9th largest airline in the world and the largest airline in The People's Republic of China, has signed an agreement with the Panasonic Avionics Corporation (Panasonic) to supply eX2 on five (5) A380-800 aircraft with the first deliveries slated to begin in 2009. China Southern Airlines selected Panasonic eX2 to provide a flexible and scalable in-flight entertainment (IFE) system to deliver a personalized inflight experience featuring Audio and Video on Demand (AVOD), and interactive entertainment options that help differentiate the airline brand, enhance revenue, and improve the long-haul passenger experience. Panasonic will also supply eX2 on forthcoming Boeing 787s, and has supplied S3000i on China Southern...

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