Beijing, Nov 22 (EFE) .- The Chinese airline Hainan Airlines completed on Tuesday the first transoceanic flight using fuel made with recycled cooking oil, to move passengers from Beijing to the American city of Chicago.
Two years ago, Hainan used this biofuel for the first time, developed by the Chinese refinery Sinopec from oil collected from restaurants and later recycled, but never before used on a transoceanic flight to the US.
This fuel emits between 50 and 80% less than carbon dioxide than traditional kerosene, while ensuring flight safety and efficiency, the company said in statements collected today by the official agency Xinhua china.
Its use, still punctual due to its high cost, could reduce the high pollution generated by the navigation area.
This new connection between Beijing and Chicago on board a Boeing 787 is part of the project to create a communication "green" area between China and the US, Xinhua said.
Hainan first used this biofuel mixed with fuel traditional in a proportion of 50-50 percent in March 2015, with a Boeing 737 that took a hundred passengers from the eastern Chinese city of Shanghai to Beijing.
With this achievement, Hainan Airlines then managed to get ahead of Hong Kong's Dragonair, a subsidiary of Cathay Pacific, which had announced a few days earlier that it would be the first to fly over China with oil Recycled but finally had to postpone the operation due to legal permit problems.
The first passenger planes that used biofuel were from the German company Lufthansa in 2011, year in which China also started to carry out tests with this new technology.