Interjet and Airbus are scheduled to conduct the first Jatropha-based bio-fuel flight in Mexico, using an Airbus A320 aircraft.

The bio-fuel is made from locally sourced Jatropha plant harvested in the southern state of Chiapas.

The intention of the test flight and the project is to enhance the commercialization of aviation bio-fuel in Mexico.

The companies said the A320 flight is planned from Mexico City’s International Airport to Angel Albino Corzo of Tuxtla Gutierrez airport in the southern State of Chiapas, with one of the two CFM engines using 30% bio-fuel.

The Jatropha bio-fuel has been processed by Honeywell’s UOP, an international supplier and licensor for the petroleum refining, gas processing, petrochemical production and major manufacturing industries.

The project is being supported by Mexico’s Secretariat of Communications and Transportation, Airports and Auxiliary Services, the State of Chiapas, the European Aviation Safety Agency, CFM and Airbus to ensure the bio-fuel meets all specification for flight without any changes to the aircraft or engines.