Qatar Airways reveals GTL fuels flight first


Qatar Airways recorded a historic first recently, with the news that it successfully carried out a passenger flight powered by a blend of synthetic gas-to-liquids (GTL) and conventional kerosene fuel.

In what could prove to be an important step in the aviation industry’s attempts to lower dependence on oil-based fuel, the airline fuelled the flight with a 50-50 blend of synthetic GTL kerosene and conventional oil-based kerosene.

Qatar Airways also contacted passengers booked for the six-hour flight from London’s Gatwick airport to Doha beforehand and offered them a free alternative flight – in the event that nerves outweighed the desire to be part of history.

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