Qatar Airways, other firms target green jet fuel

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DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Qatar Airways and other state companies in the tiny energy-rich Gulf nation say they are targeting the development of alternative jet fuel.

The airline said Sunday it will work with Qatar Petroleum, the Qatar Science & Technology Park and plane maker Airbus to study biofuel strategies with the aim of producing “sustainable bio jet fuel” that could initially be used by the national airline.

The companies did not provide a timeframe or details of their financial commitment to the project.

Qatar Airways announced in October it had operated the world’s first commercial flight using fuel made from natural gas. Qatar is one of the world’s biggest exporters of the fossil fuel.