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Worlds first Sustainable Aviation Fuel flight takes off from London

28 November 2023/Categories: Industry News, Aviation, Logistics & Supply Chain, Net-Zero


Virgin Atlantic used 100% Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) on a Boeing 787 taking off from London Heathrow to New York JFK.

This is a world first on 100% SAF by a commercial Arline across the Atlantic made possible by Virgin Atlantic-led consortium, including Boeing, Rolls-Royce, Imperial College London, University of Sheffield, ICF and Rocky Mountain Institute, in partnership with Department for Transport.

SAF plays a significant role in the net zero future in the process of decarbonising aviation and hitting targets by 2050.

The fuel is made from waste products delivering CO2 lifecycle savings of up to 70% whilst performing like the traditional jet fuel it replaces.

Shai Weiss, Chief Executive Officer, Virgin Atlantic said: “Flight100 proves that Sustainable Aviation Fuel can be used as a safe, drop-in replacement for fossil-derived jet fuel and it’s the only viable solution for decarbonising long haul aviation. It’s taken radical collaboration to get here and we’re proud to have reached this important milestone, but we need to push further.

“There’s simply not enough SAF and it’s clear that in order to reach production at scale, we need to see significantly more investment. This will only happen when regulatory certainty and price support mechanisms, backed by Government, are in place. Flight100 proves that if you make it, we’ll fly it.”

Sir Richard Branson, Founder, Virgin Atlantic said: “The world will always assume something can’t be done, until you do it. The spirit of innovation is getting out there and trying to prove that we can do things better for everyone’s benefit.

“Virgin Atlantic has been challenging the status quo and pushing the aviation industry to never settle and do better since 1984. Fast forward nearly 40 years, that pioneering spirit continues to be Virgin Atlantic’s beating heart as it pushes the boundaries from carbon fibre aircraft and fleet upgrades to sustainable fuels.”

Transport Secretary Mark Harper said: “Today’s historic flight (November 28th), powered by 100% sustainable aviation fuel, shows how we can both decarbonise transport and enable passengers to keep flying when and where they want.

“This Government has backed today’s flight to take-off and we will continue to support the UK’s emerging SAF industry as it creates jobs, grows the economy and gets us to Jet Zero.”

 

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