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Pakistan’s national airline to sell planes due to fuel, maintenance costs

KARACHI, Pakistan - Pakistan's state airline says it plans to sell eight of its Boeing 747 airliners because of rising fuel and maintenance costs.Pakistan International Airlines spokesman Chaudhry Mohammad Bashir said Thursday the eight planes were taken out of service a few days ago. Bashir said the airline has bought nine 777 airliners to replace the craft because they consume less fuel.

Airline flies Boeing 747 with biofuel

LONDON - Virgin Atlantic carried out the world's first flight of a commercial aircraft powered with biofuel on Sunday in an effort to show it can produce less carbon dioxide than normal jet fuels.

Virgin Atlantic to run 747 on biofuel in February

(eTN) - Virgin Atlantic, one of the world's leading long-haul airlines, today said it will fly one of its Boeing 747s on biofuel during a demonstration flight in February. It will be the first time that a commercial aircraft has run biofuel in-flight and is part of a major initiative among some airlines and Boeing to discover sources of sustainable aircraft fuel for the future.