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Virgin Atlantic’s green flight: London to New York

The first transatlantic flight by a big passenger plane powered solely by alternative fuels has taken off.

The first transatlantic flight by a big passenger plane powered solely by alternative fuels has taken off.

Introduction of a Greener Flight

Virgin Atlantic’s flight from London’s Heathrow to New York’s JFK airport, operated by the airline, has garnered attention as a demonstration of a more environmentally friendly approach to air travel. Supported by government funding, this flight is viewed as a showcase of the potential for greener aviation.

Challenges and Sustainability

While the flight represents a step towards sustainable air travel, challenges persist, particularly regarding the availability of sustainable fuel supplies. Meeting emission targets will also require additional technological advancements beyond current capabilities.

Unique Nature of the Flight

This flight stands as a unique, one-time occurrence and is not carrying paying passengers. It serves as a proof of concept for sustainable aviation practices.

Sustainable Aviation Fuels (SAF)

The flight relies on sustainable aviation fuels (SAF), which can be derived from various sources such as crops, household waste, and cooking oils. In this instance, a Boeing 787 has been fueled with 50 tonnes of SAF, consisting of two types. 

Approximately 88% of the fuel is sourced from waste fats, with the remainder originating from waste generated during corn production in the US.

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