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Virgin Atlantic's Flight100 Achieves CO2 Reduction Milestone

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Virgin Atlantic recently made history with its Flight100, marking a significant milestone in sustainable aviation. The groundbreaking transatlantic journey from London Heathrow to New York JFK was powered entirely by sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), resulting in a reduction of 95 tonnes of CO2 emissions. This translates to a 64% decrease compared to a standard flight on the same route.

The CO2 savings equate to taking 54 cars off the road for a year or meeting the energy needs of 33 homes in the UK. Utilising a Boeing 787 equipped with Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 engines, this flight marked the world's first commercial aircraft crossing the Atlantic solely on 100% SAF.

Notably, the consortium's findings revealed a 40% reduction in non-CO2 particulate emissions, hinting at the potential for SAF to enhance local air quality around airports and minimise the formation of persistent contrails.

Efficiency measures such as direct routing and reduced taxi time further contributed to the initiative's success. These strategies resulted in a significant saving of 2.2 tonnes of jet fuel, equivalent to 4% of the overall fuel burn. Extrapolated over a year's worth of flights, this amount of fuel saved could fill 24 Olympic-sized swimming pools.

Sir Richard Branson, Virgin Atlantic's founder, highlighted the ongoing commitment to accelerating the adoption of SAF and the collective effort required to decarbonise long-haul flights.

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