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Virgin Atlantic Makes First Transatlantic Flight Using Sustainable Jet Fuel

Virgin Atlantic has made history by successfully completing the first-ever transatlantic flight of a commercial passenger jet powered entirely by sustainable aviation fuel (SAF). This milestone flight, dubbed Flight100, utilized a blend of SAF derived from waste fats, plant sugars, oil, proteins, and fibers.
Shai Weiss, CEO of Virgin Atlantic, emphasized the significance of this achievement, acknowledging the need for further collaboration and investment to increase SAF production at scale. He highlighted the advantages of SAF over other alternative fuels, such as its immediate availability despite its current limited volume.
The flight, operated by a Boeing 787 aircraft equipped with Rolls-Royce engines, demonstrated the compatibility of SAF with current engine technology. Simon Burr, Group Director of Engineering, Technology and Safety at Rolls-Royce, expressed pride in their engines' role in this historic flight.
Five commercial SAF production plants are slated to be constructed in the UK by 2025, potentially addressing the current scarcity of SAF. Sheila Remes, Boeing's Vice President of Environmental Sustainability, emphasized their commitment to developing SAF-compatible airplanes by 2030.
Despite the progress made, some environmental campaigners remain skeptical about SAF's potential to achieve truly guilt-free flying. Cait Hewitt, Aviation Environment Federation Policy Director, questioned the sustainability of scaling up SAF production and advocated for reducing flight frequency as a more effective approach to curbing aviation emissions.
Virgin Atlantic plans to assess the non-carbon emissions of the SAF flight to gain further insights into the environmental impact of alternative fuels. Additionally, the International Civil Aviation Organization has set a goal of reducing jet fuel's carbon intensity by five percent by 2030.

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  • Johannes Luiga

    2 w

    A great milestone

    • winnie nguru

      18 w

      Pollution levels will definitely go down if companies and individuals decide to invest in clean energy solutions. Good job Virgin Atlantic

      • We Don't Have Time

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        • Lucinda Ramsay

          19 w

          Sustainable aviation fuel is not environmentally friendly it's just not a fossil fuel. It still pollutes the atmosphere. It is better than fossil fuel but it is not a panacea.

          • johnte ndeto

            19 w

            Being the first transatlantic flight shows immense steps are being taken by virgin Atlantic towards climate change

            • Elizabeth Gathigia

              19 w

              Such environment _friendly innovations should be embraced, this will help lower carbon emissions

              • Princess

                19 w

                This is good news it means they're using a more environmentally friendly option to power their planes, which helps reduce the impact on the planet.

                • Jane Wangui

                  19 w

                  @princess_nel_268 if individuals find it difficult to do away with private jets, then atleast they should use clean energy.

                • Rotich Kim

                  19 w

                  Air space is getting clean we need to embrace such wonderful technology

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