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Airlines across the United States are to begin mixing conventional jet fuel with fuel from various green sources to demonstrate environmental responsibility.

This article titled “US airlines begin powering flights with biofuels” was written by Suzanne Goldenberg, US environment correspondent, for guardian.co.uk on Tuesday 8th November 2011 02.38 UTC

Do not be alarmed if your aircraft begins to smell suspiciously like a fast-food restaurant – or pond scum for that matter.

US airlines were racing this week to demonstrate their clean energy credentials, scheduling a number of flights powered partially by biofuels.

First United Continental announced the departure on Monday morning of Flight 1403 from Houston for Chicago – or the ‘Eco Skies test flight’ as the airline called it – using a mix of 60% conventional jet fuel and 40% algae-based fuels.

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