First Of Its Kind Plane Finally Takes Flight

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( – On Tuesday, everyone was waiting to see what would occur with Virgin Atlantic, as the company is attempting to become the first commercial airline to use 100% sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) on a transatlantic flight.

The flight departed from London Heathrow at 11:30 a.m. local time and is set to land at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York in the early afternoon. The non-commercial flight is using Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 engines in a Boeing 787 aircraft.

The flight did not have any paying customers or passengers aboard and was instead used to prove that SAF fuel is a completely safe replacement. be used in lieu of fossil-derived fuel on long-haul flights.

If the flight is successful, it will mark an important milestone for aviation, as the industry is aiming to reach net zero by 2050.

In order for this to be achieved, many industries have been collaborating for more than a year. Special permissions were also granted by many regulators for this test flight to be allowed to take off.

While power jet engines are already using sustainable aviation fuel, according to current regulations, they can only use up to 50 percent, blending with conventional jet aviation fuel. Sustainable aviation fuel is produced using a range of feedstocks, including cooking oil. This technology is believed to be the only option for decarbonizing flying until the development of other technologies, including hydrogen-powered and electric alternatives. However, as Virgin pointed out, these options will not be ready and available for decades.

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