Sunday, February 24, 2008
Virgin Atlantic Airlines completed the world's first biofuel-powered jet flight today. The test flight was fueled by 20% biofuel (from babassu oil and coconut oil) and 80% conventional jet fuel. It will take weeks to analyze the data and determine the carbon footprint of the test flight. The flight was intended to highlight the fact that "cleaner" flying is possible. You can read the full story at CNN and Reuters.
Owner Richard Branson has offered a $25 million prize to the scientist that can discover how to remove greenhouse gases from the atmosphere, has committed $3 billion to anti-global warming initiatives, and has pledged 100% of the proceeds from his transport businesses of the Virgin Group to environmental efforts.