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Qatar Airways looking to natural gas fuel

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Doha, Qatar (UPI) Jan 14, 2008
Qatar Airways has agreed to work to power its aircraft with fuel that has lower emissions than current jet fuel.

The agreement with other groups from the aviation, fuel and educational sectors was announced Sunday, The East African reported.

Qatar Airways operates daily flights from Nairobi and Dar es Salaam to Doha with connections to more than 80 destinations.

The airline also has two freighter services every week between Nairobi and Doha.

The airline could become the first commercial airline in the world to operate flights using gas-to-liquids kerosene fuel. The technology is seen as more environmentally friendly.

A letter of intent was signed to investigate the possible fuel-related benefits of using synthetic jet fuels to power aviation turbine engines.

Qatar Airways has been joined by Qatar Petroleum, Shell, Airbus, Rolls Royce, Qatar Science and Technology Park and Qatar fuel company Woqod in the intensive study to be carried out over the next few years.

"There is a huge movement lobbying for the reduction of carbon emissions to make for a cleaner and safer environment," said chief executive officer Akbar Al Baker. "The aviation industry has been at the center of this highly topical debate. We as industry leaders are committed to this cause."

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