A British Boeing 787 to New York took off from London Heathrow Airport on Tuesday. The machine is powered by used oil and waste from corn production. Airlines predict a breakthrough, and environmentalists turn up their noses at carbon dioxide emissions.
The first flight across the Atlantic using used frying oil and corn production waste is a great event for the aviation industry and the first-ever test of a large passenger aircraft on a long route using only renewable fuel in its tanks. Virgin Atlantic’s Dreamliner took off from Heathrow just before noon London time on Tuesday and is expected to land in New York shortly.
On board flight number 100 is the British Minister of Transport, fuel industry experts and airline representatives who have great hopes for this experiment. – Nobody ever thought that long commercial flights would be possible using only aviation biofuels. We want to show skeptics that they are wrong, that it is possible, says Richard Branson, founder of Virgin Group.
Pollution after the flight of the machine is to be 70 percent less than after traditional flights. However, ecologists say that as long as you have to burn any fuel to fly, you cannot talk about green flying, and after burning processed fats, there is still a mass of carbon dioxide left.
Producing a sufficient amount of fuel is also a problem, as there is currently no appropriate infrastructure. However, testing new solutions is necessary because the United Kingdom plans to be zero-emission aviation by 2050.
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