Qatar Airways reportedly announced plans to operate 100% synthetic aviation turbine fuel by 2014, with the most likely type a split between gas-to-liquid and biomass-to-liquid blends (AMEinfo, 17-May-2010).
Qatar Airways to use 100% synthetic turbine fuel by 2014
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