Last week, Virgin Atlantic completed the first cross-Atlantic flight without relying on fossil fuels. The Boeing 787 Dreamliner used 100% sustainable aviation fuel, known as SAF, on the eight hour journey from London to New York. The flight’s success shows the potential of SAF to make the aviation industry more eco-friendly. SAF includes fuel made from corn, forest residue, plant-based sugars, pork fat, beef tallow, and more. Virgin Atlantic’s historic flight used 60 metric tons of SAF to traverse the 3,500 mile route. This sustainable voyage demonstrated SAF’s power to safely replace fossil fuels on commercial flights, and Virgin Atlantic is looking to implement the technology in additional flights moving forward.
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