Virgin Atlantic will operate the world’s first ‘net-zero’ transatlantic flight in 2023.
The UK-US flight will be powered by 100 per cent sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), a low-emissions fuel made from waste materials like used cooking oil.
Virgin secured a £1 million UK government contract – announced in May – to fly a Boeing 787 jet from London Heathrow to New York JFK.
The flight will be a key step to “sustainable” aviation, the Department of transport claims.
But what does it mean exactly, and just how green is it really?
What are SAFs?
SAFs are produced from feedstocks like used cooking oil, agricultural waste, and household trash such as packaging, food scraps, and textiles.
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