Virgin Atlantic Jet Powered by 100% SAF Lands After Maiden Transatlantic Flight Written 29 November 2023


Virgin Atlantic Airways Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner at John F. Kennedy International Airport . | Credit: Adam Moreira; Wikipedia; CC BY-SA 4.0

Reuters reports, “A Virgin Atlantic passenger jet powered by 100% sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) successfully completed a London-to-New York jaunt on Tuesday in an effort to showcase the potential of low-carbon options that currently make up a tiny fraction of the industry’s fuel mix.” Although it carried no passengers, “the flight, operated by a Virgin Boeing 787 powered by Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 engines, is the first time a commercial airliner has flown long haul on 100% SAF.” In a statement, Virgin Atlantic founder Richard Branson said, “It’s going to take a while before we can get enough fuel where everybody’s going to be able to fly. But you’ve got to start somewhere.”
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