UK CAA 100% SAF Permit for Virgin on London-New York Route

UK CAA 100% SAF Permit for Virgin on London-New York Route
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The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has issued a permit for Virgin Atlantic to operate it’s London-New York route on 100% SAF.

It is understood that the first test flight will take place on November 28 on the VS100 rotation between the two cities.

Without further ado, let’s get into it…

UK CAA 100% SAF Permit for Virgin on London-New York Route…

UK CAA 100% SAF Permit for Virgin on London-New York Route
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It is understood the testing on the Virgin London-New York route for 100% SAF will be utilised on the Rolls Royce Trent 1000 Engines, which means it will be the Boeing 787 Dreamliner operating these flights.

Rob Bishton, the CEO of the UK CAA commented on this milestone:

“As the UK’s aviation regulator, it’s important that we safely enable the industry to embrace more sustainable practices and push the boundaries of what’s possible to create a greener aviation industry.

“This permit not only allows Virgin Atlantic and others to showcase their commitment to sustainability, but also serves as an example of how the industry is always exploring new technologies.

“Innovation and sustainability are vital areas of work, but they must go hand in hand with safety.”

“This is a reminder that together we can drive change, reduce emissions, and make the skies greener for generations to come.”

Adding to this was Virgin Atlantic CEO Shai Weiss:

“The Civil Aviation Authority’s permit to fly Flight100 marks a key milestone and a huge achievement for all the teams working towards this historic flight.”

“Getting to this point has been more than a year in the making and taken radical collaboration across our consortium partners and government.”

“We’re committed to using 10% SAF by 2030, but to get there we need the government to support the creation of a UK SAF industry. We know that if we can make it, we can fly it.”

All eyes will be on how the flights between London and New York perform with 100% SAF on Virgin Atlantic.

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