Virgin Atlantic tests first biofuel powered flight

The first partly biofuel powered commercial flight has taken off from Heathrow airport on Sunday.

Virgin Atlantic tests first biofuel powered flight
The first partly biofuel powered commercial flight has taken off from Heathrow airport on Sunday, according to a report on the BBC.

The non-passenger Virgin Atlantic flight to Amsterdam is being labeled a breakthrough in the use of environmentally friendly or 'green' fuel.

20% of the carrier's power will be provided by an independent biofuel tank connected to one of its four engines.

In case of any problems, the Boeing 747 will be able to utilise any of its other engines that rely completely on conventional fuel tanks.

Virgin, who has not revealed what its plant derived biofuel is, believes that airlines could run on plant power within the next ten years.

Sir Richard Branson, president of Virgin Atlantic, told the BBC that this development will help lower emissions and give way for other global warming issues to be dealt with.

In response to critics' beliefs that the fuel may freeze at an altitude of 15,000 feet, Sir Branson stressed that this flight will prove the contrary, saying that the plane will be able to fly at 30,000 feet.

Biofuel has not been seen as a sustainable alternative. Some environmentalists argue that it will lead to reduced land for food.

Virgin spokesman who says the fuel will be revealed after the flight assured that it will not compete with staple food resources.

Agencies
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