Yesterday, Virgin Atlantic’s fully-SAF powered Dreamliner landed in the US after it flew across the Atlantic from London Heathrow to New York JFK.
The flight, dubbed Flight100, was fully-powered by SAF (sustainable aviation fuel), making the “historic” journey the first of its kind.
Sir Richard Branson, founder of Virgin Atlantic, said: “It’s an exciting day – hopefully it will mean the start of a future where people will be able to fly on planes that are not emitting carbon. There’s still a long way to go, but we’re showing that it can be done.”
Watch the moment the Boeing 787 Dreamliner lands:
The airline was given up to £1m in funding by the UK government to make the project possible, as it aims to ramp up production of sustainable aviation fuel and be a world leader in the decarbonisation of air travel.
Industry leaders have praised the innovation behind Flight100, and the aviation community remains optimistic about the prospect of a future where air travel is powered by sustainable fuel.
James Hygate, founder and CEO of Firefly, which makes sustainable aviation fuel out of sewage, said yesterday: “It’s good to see a fully sustainable flight take off as it underlines the fact that it’s perfectly possible to fly planes without using fossil fuels.”
Image: Richard Branson (left) and Virgin's CEO Shai Weiss (right) celebrate the landing.