January 01, 2024
On November 28, Virgin Atlantic flew the world’s first transatlantic flight, from London in the UK to New York in the USA, powered completely by sustainable aviation fuel (SAF). The airline used a Boeing 787 for the test flight, which aimed at demonstrating the viability of SAF. Approximately 50 tonnes of SAF made from corn waste, cooking oils and animal fats were used to power the flight. Using SAF can decrease greenhouse gas emissions by up to 70%, enabling greener travel. SAF generates the same amount of emissions as regular fuel when burned, but its production is cleaner. However, it is much more expensive than regular jet fuel and its use will increase flight prices. Additionally, it is available in limited quantities and its large-scale production will be challenging.
Did You Know?
Approximately 2.5% of global carbon dioxide emissions come from the aviation industry.