NEW DELHI: On Monday India might see its first ever biofuel flight with SpiceJet planning to operate a turboprop, Q400, from Dehradun to Delhi using this as a sustainable alternative. As some advanced countries like US and Australia have already tested commercial flights on biofuel, India is among the first developing nations to make such an attempt.
India's first biofuel flight to takeoff on Monday
Sources report the plan is that the biofuel-powered Bombardier Q400 will take off from Dehradun, fly over the city for 10 minutes and then return there. If the test goes well, then the plane will take off again and this time head to Delhi. Officials from several regulatory agencies, including DGCA, will be on board to see the result of this flight.
A leading oil PSUs website quotes petroleum minister Dharmendra Pradhan saying “several steps have been taken to improve the supply of ethanol for the blending programme that has resulted in supplies jumping from 38 crore litres in 2013-14 to about 141 crore litres in the ongoing season.” The National Policy on Biofuels 2018 envisages a target of 20 percent mixing of ethanol in petrol by 2030.