Japan Air Lines says it has conducted a successful first test flight of a commercial airliner using the oilseed crop camelina.
Friday's demonstration flight on a Boeing 747-300 used a blend of 50 percent conventional jet fuel and 42 percent camelina. Two other biofuels crops completed the blend.
Camelina thrives in the high-latitude plains of Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota and south-central Canada.
Bozeman-based Sustainable Oils supplied the camelina for Friday's flight. The company says a contract with a major airline would spur rapid expansion of the industry.