Virgin Atlantic Fuelling Change

Virgin Atlantic is renowned for championing the use of sustainable practices to reduce its environmental impact and is now partnering with biotech firm LanzaTech, to develop an innovative ethanol-derived ‘drop-in’ jet fuel. Airliner World’s Craig West travelled to the US to find out more.

The latest demonstration flight comes more than a decade after Virgin made its biofuel debut, flying a Boeing 747- 400 to Amsterdam partially powered by little more than coconuts.

Change is in the air at Virgin Atlantic. The British carrier, long at the forefront of innovation, has been instrumental in driving the development and use of sustainable fuels in aviation and now the airline, and its Chicago-headquartered partner LanzaTech, claim to be “tantalisingly close” to making such a dream a commercial reality.

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