Airport Technology

The SAF used in the flight will be produced mainly from waste oils and fats, including used cooking oil.

British airline Virgin Atlantic has secured funding from the UK Government to operate its net zero flight from London to New York.

The net zero transatlantic flight, claimed to be a world-first, is scheduled to hit the skies next year powered by sustainable aviation fuel (Saf). 

For this flight, the carrier will use a Boeing 787, equipped with Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 engines, which will take off from London Heathrow and fly to New York’s John F Kennedy Airport in the US.

Virgin Atlantic CEO Shai Weiss said: “As an airline founded on and committed to innovation, we’re proud to lead a cross-industry consortium of partners to make aviation history by operating the first ever 100% SAF flight across the Atlantic.

“This challenge recognises the critical role that SAF has to play in decarbonising aviation and the urgent collective action needed to scale production and use of SAF globally.

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