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India joins aviation renewables club

More airlines are starting to use alternative fuels, but still on a very limited basis

It was back in 2008 when Virgin Atlantic operated the first test flight powered by jet fuel blended with biofuel. Since then more than 25 airlines have started to gradually introduce the limited use of sustainable aviation fuels (SAF). Now India's SpiceJet has joined the club, operating a flight from Dehradun to Delhi with a biojet fuel blend and becoming the first airline in the country to adopt SAF use. John Pitts, head of eJet Limited, a global aviation fuel specialist, told Petroleum Economist that SpiceJet's move is significant, given that India is "the third-largest civil aviation market in the world and one of the fastest growing. SpiceJet has broken the barrier and set an example f

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