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Nevilledog

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Mon Nov 27, 2023, 05:50 PM Nov 2023

In a first, a major airline will cross the Atlantic without fossil fuels [View all]

https://www.canarymedia.com/articles/air-travel/in-a-first-a-major-airline-will-cross-the-atlantic-without-fossil-fuels

A Virgin Atlantic flight taking off this week from London to New York City will last about eight hours, span around 3,500 miles — and emit only a fraction of the planet-warming gases associated with a typical transatlantic flight.

On Tuesday, the British airline is set to pluck a Boeing 787 Dreamliner from its fleet and run the two powerful engines on 100 percent sustainable aviation fuel, or SAF, during the journey from Heathrow Airport to John F. Kennedy International Airport. If all goes to plan, Virgin Atlantic will be the first commercial airline to fly a passenger plane across the Atlantic Ocean by burning only fossil-free jet fuel, marking an important milestone for the CO2-intensive industry.

The flight will demonstrate ​“the longer-term potential of SAF to decarbonize aviation,” said Joey Cathcart, a senior aviation associate in the Climate-Aligned Industries Program at RMI, a clean energy think tank. (Canary Media is an independent affiliate of RMI.)

“This is really critical because SAF is the most readily available decarbonization mechanism that aviation has today,” he added. Cathcart, who is based in Salt Lake City, is slated to board the ocean-crossing plane tomorrow in London with a select group of passengers. ​“Confidence is high,” he replied when asked if he had any preflight jitters.

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TY AMAZING! Good Luck for this being Cha Nov 2023 #1
Good luck! Safe Journey! electric_blue68 Nov 2023 #2
"..a select group of passengers". I was wondering underpants Nov 2023 #3
in other words Conjuay Nov 2023 #15
Sorry, Not Seeing It ProfessorGAC Nov 2023 #4
Exactly: defossilization is not decarbonization 4dog Nov 2023 #6
It is to the extent that it reduces the carbon footprint via Disaffected Nov 2023 #9
You're Right About Methanol ProfessorGAC Nov 2023 #11
I've had some experience with biodiesel as well. Disaffected Nov 2023 #18
To Be Clear ProfessorGAC Nov 2023 #19
Three part process: Disaffected Nov 2023 #21
So, You Water Washed ProfessorGAC Nov 2023 #22
how about methanol from anaerobic digesters? mopinko Nov 2023 #23
Yeah, That's A Good Idea ProfessorGAC Nov 2023 #24
the town of amana, ia mopinko Nov 2023 #26
I Like Your Term ProfessorGAC Nov 2023 #10
Thanks, that question leapt right into my mind as I read the excerpt rurallib Nov 2023 #13
Thank you... one pound of burnt SAF produces the same amount of CO2 as one pound of avgas. WarGamer Nov 2023 #20
Yieks. jimfields33 Nov 2023 #5
My first thought was that New York to London instead of Buns_of_Fire Nov 2023 #7
That's true. They probably have ever microsecond jimfields33 Nov 2023 #12
I would bet they have flown extensively vanlassie Nov 2023 #16
I have doubts about the non fossil fuel race for commercial flights, peacebuzzard Nov 2023 #8
I'd love to see more research on bullet trains, too. ShazzieB Nov 2023 #17
So how soon are the mega-rich individuals we so recently were told account for so very much of aircraft produced Ford_Prefect Nov 2023 #14
"Where SAF is available, it can cost three to five times more on average than conventional jet fuel." dalton99a Nov 2023 #25
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