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Is sustainable fuel the answer to aviation’s environmental damage?

Simon Calder answers your questions on sustainable flying, the delights of Nuremberg and missed flights compensation

Tuesday 28 November 2023 11:04 GMT
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Virgin Atlantic's CEO 'excited' as first 100% Sustainable Aviation Fuel flight takes off

Q I’ve seen all the fuss about Virgin Atlantic’s SAF [“sustainable aviation fuel”] initiative. I work in the airline industry and many of my colleagues are deeply sceptical about whether SAF can ever be a significant way to reduce the impact of aviation. What do you think?

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A Virgin Atlantic is claiming a world first for flying a Boeing 787 Dreamliner from London Heathrow to New York JFK powered entirely by SAF on Tuesday. It is the first transatlantic flight by a passenger aircraft, although no paying customers will be on board.

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