Continental Airlines has confirmed that it will conduct the first test of a biofuel-powered commercial aircraft on January 7, 2009.
The Boeing 737-800 is a two-engine aircraft. For the test, "the fuel used in one of the two engines will be a blend of 50 percent traditional jet fuel and 50 percent biofuel from algae and jatropha, while the other will have just jet fuel."
Gasoline-electric hybrids are already available on the roads, and a new generation of plug-in hybrids is right around the corner. Could Continental's test flight mark the start of a new path for air travel as well--one that will catapult us away from fossil fuels?