Carinata News: The Future of Sustainable Biodiesel

From seed to sky: Gatineau’s Agrisoma flying high on Qantas biofuel deal

As startup-in-ascent metaphors go, they don’t get more on-the-nose than Qantas Flight 96 from Los Angeles to Melbourne on Jan. 28.

The 15-hour journey took place in Boeing’s state-of-the-art Dreamliner 787-9, but it wasn’t your run-of-the-mill intercontinental crossing. The 13,000-kilometre trip was the first flight between the United States and Australia propelled by a blend of traditional jet fuel and oil from a mustard-like seed called carinata.

The historic flight was part of a new partnership between Australia’s biggest air carrier and a small Gatineau biotechnology firm called Agrisoma Biosciences that will see the Quebec company provide Qantas with a regular supply of aviation biofuel by 2020.

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