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SpiceJet To Test A Flight Powered By BioFuel

The success of the flight will pave the way for further testing and aid in fulfilling the central government's move to curtail India's dependence on crude oil imports

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Budget passenger carrier SpiceJet is set to conduct India’s first test flight which will be partially powered by biofuel, on Monday.

According to sources, a concoction of bio-fuel will power one of the turbine engines of a SpiceJet’s Q400 turboprop flight.

“This will be India’s first test flight using biofuels,” sources said.

“There will be government officials, who will monitor the parameters set up for such a test flight.”

The flight will be operated from Dehradun to Delhi. It will be received by key Cabinet Ministers and airline’s top management at IGI Airport Terminal 2.

 

SpiceJet, Biofuel
A concoction of bio-fuel will power one of the turbine engines of a SpiceJet’s Q400 turboprop flight.

 

Globally, bio-fuel powered flights are operated in Canada.

The development assumes significance as high air turbine fuel (ATF) prices have dented India’s domestic airline sector with all the major players reporting losses for the first quarter of 2018-19.

Currently, fuel prices constitute 45-50 per cent of the overall operations cost of domestic airlines.

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India’s ATF prices are amongst the highest in the world due to the addition of state levies and taxes. The fuel is not under the GST ambit unlike the bunker fuel used in the shipping industry.

Besides, the success of the flight will pave the way for further testing and aid in fulfilling the central government’s move to curtail India’s dependence on crude oil imports.(IANS)

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Actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui Lends Support To an Environment-Saving Initiative

On the work front, the actor is gearing up for the release of his forthcoming film "Thackeray"

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Actor Nawazuddin Siddhiqui, Wikimedia

Actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui has lent support to an initiative aimed at increasing greenery in Mumbai.

In association with Radio City’s campaign “Hara Hai Toh Bara Ahe”, the “Manto” actor has urged people to plant more trees to curb various environmental problems.

“Mumbai is facing several environmental problems that are on the rise and the receding green cover is one of the key aspects amplifying this issue.

Nawazuddin Siddiqui Buys A Plot To Farm. Flickr
Nawazuddin lends support to environmental programme. Flickr

“Promoting tree plantations in our own vicinity is a basic but vital step towards preservation of the environment which in turn will positively impact the health and safety of citizens,” Nawazuddin said in a statement.

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He said the initiative “is a great step towards raising awareness which will highlight the significance of planting trees and drive every individual to take a step in the direction of developing a green, pollution free city.”

On the work front, the actor is gearing up for the release of his forthcoming film “Thackeray”. (IANS)