Virgin Atlantic made aviation history as one of its Boeing 787s completed the world’s first transatlantic flight fueled entirely by Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF). Departing from London’s Heathrow, the flight landed at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport.
Notably, this accomplishment positions Virgin Atlantic as the first commercial airline to cross the Atlantic without relying on fossil-based jet fuel. The SAF, derived from non-food chain waste fats, underscores a significant stride toward achieving global net-zero emissions by 2050.
This development follows the UK government’s funding of £1 million to Virgin Atlantic in December 2022 to support SAF research and operational implementation, emphasising the commitment to greener air travel and addressing decarbonisation challenges in the transport sector.