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Continental Airlines To Test Biofuel On 737

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Continental Airlines said it will partner with Boeing Co. to test a 737-800 using biofuel in Houston on Jan. 7.

No passengers will be on the flight, which the Houston airline (NYSE: CAL) said will be partially fueled by biofuel made from algae and jatropha plants. The fuel will be used in one of the Boeing Co.’s (NYSE: BA) plane’s two engines and will be a blend of traditional jet fuel and the biofuel.

Continental will become the first U.S. airline to test sustainable biofuel such as algae and jatropha in a test.

Earlier this month, Air New Zealand was supposed to test a 747-400 using biofuel derived from jatropha plants, but that test has been indefinitely delayed.

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