February 24, 2008

Virgin Atlantic set to fly jumbo jet powered by biofuel

This morning Virgin Atlantic and its suppliers Boeing and GE will stage a test flight of the world's first commercial biofuel plane.

One of the airline's top pilots, Captain Geoff Andreason, Virgin Atlantic's chief Boeing pilot, will fly his plane from Heathrow to Amsterdam. It is a one-and-a-half hour flight and the assembled company watches on big screens as the plane takes off and lands.

One of the plane's four engines will be run on a composite fuel, which is 75 per cent standard aviation fuel and 25 per cent a secret biofuel recipe.

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