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BA powers first transatlantic flight
with sustainable aviation fuel

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BA powers first transatlantic flight with sustainable aviation fuel

Following the lifting of travel restrictions between the UK and US, British Airways has announced its first flight since March 2020 between London and New York was directly powered by 35% sustainable aviation fuel (SAF).

The flight which departed on 8th November is believed to be ‘the first commercial transatlantic flight to ever be operated with this high percentage blend of sustainable aviation fuel’. By using SAF, lifecycle CO2 emissions are reduced by 80 per cent in comparison to the traditional jet fuel.

The sustainable aviation fuel made from used cooking oil was provided by BP and the service was operated by a long-haul A350, the airline’s newest and most fuel-efficient aircraft. Combining this eco-friendlier model with the blend of SAF means the flights overall CO2 emissions are more than 50 per cent less than those emitted by the Boeing 747-400 which previously operated the Heathrow – New York route.

Sean Doyle, Chairman and CEO of British Airways, who travelled on the flight, said:

“While flying is vital to connect the world and support the UK’s economic recovery from the pandemic, it’s important for us to use this moment to demonstrate how we’re driving our decarbonisation plans forward, and what the future will look like for aviation. That’s why we’ve directly powered our first flight to the US today with sustainable aviation fuel and offset emissions on behalf of our customers. We’re looking forward to the Government’s continued support to ensure the development and mass production of sustainable aviation fuel continues at pace.”

International Airlines Group, British Airway’s parent group, has committed to operating 10 per cent of its flights using sustainable aviation fuel by 2030.

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