A Boeing 747-8 Freighter landed at Paris Le Bourget Airport, the location of the Paris Airshow, at 5:35 p.m. local time on June 20 after completing the first transatlantic flight of a large commercial aircraft powered solely by a sustainable aviation jet-fuel blend.
The Boeing 747-8F, piloted by Boeing pilots Capt. Keith Otsuka and Capt. Rick Braun and Cargolux Capt. Sten Rossby, flew from Everett, Washington to Le Bourget with all four of its General Electric GEnx-2B engines powered by a blend of 15-per-cent camelina-based biofuel mixed with 85-per-cent traditional kerosene Jet A fuel.
No changes were made to the aircraft, its engines or operating procedures prior to departure. Normal flight parameters were followed and approved in advance by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration.
The aircraft is the fourth of five Boeing commercial jets to arrive at the Paris Airshow in 2011. It will be on static display at the Paris Airshow on June 21 and June 22. It is scheduled to leave the air show on the evening of June 22 and fly to Cargolux headquarters at Luxembourg for a two-day visit.
Cargolux is scheduled to take delivery this summer of the first 747-8 Freighter to enter service.