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Qatar Airways completes first natural gas passenger flight

Qatar Airways said that it has successfully …

October 13, 2009 4:03 by

Qatar Airways said that it has successfully completed the world’s first passenger flight powered by natural gas, reports The Wall Street Journal. The Airbus A340-600 aircraft from London Gatwick to Doha on Monday was operated with a mixture of synthetic gas-to-liquids, or GTL, kerosene and conventional oil-based kerosene fuel. The fuel was developed by Royal Dutch Shell, the airline said.

“This milestone flight is the first step in making this alternative fuel available to airlines,” Qatar Airways’ CEO Akbar Al Baker said in a statement.

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