Swedish company creates low-carbon aviation fuel

Fuel is being developed from waste gases from steel production

Flights powered by biofuels developed by a Swedish company could begin in two years. Together with Virgin Atlantic and the New Zealand-based company LanzaTech, Swedish Biofuels is developing a world-first aviation fuel that has half the carbon footprint of standard fossil fuel. The source of the new fuel is waste gases from industrial steel production, which are captured, fermented and chemically converted into jet fuel using the Swedish company’s technology. The method recycles gases that would otherwise go up into the atmosphere as carbon dioxide. Virgin Atlantic says it plans flights with the new fuel on routes between London Heathrow and Shanghai and Delhi within two to three years.
“This partnership to produce a next generation, low-carbon aviation fuel is a major step towards radically reducing our carbon footprint,” Virgin Atlantic President Sir Richard Branson said.
[pictured: Boeing 777-200LR; photo by Boeing Dreamscape]


Check Also

AirPortr, London, Heathrow, airport, oneworld, Finnair, baggage, bags, luggage, suitcases, pick up, check in, business travel

Finnair launches London luggage collection scheme

Passengers departing from London Heathrow can get their baggage picked up, transported and checked in.

Heathrow, expansion, Boris, May, Grayling, runway, vote, parliament, government, UK, London, airport

UK parliament greenlights Heathrow expansion

But due to complications over construction and the inevitable legal battles, the opening date could be another ten years away.

Heathrow, airport, London, runway, cabinet, UK, government, vote, approve, support, Theresa May, Boris

UK cabinet backs Heathrow third runway

But splits in the ruling party mean that the government may not win a parliamentary vote.

Luton, London, Heathrowm City, Birmingham, Manchester, Bristol, punctuality, minutes, average, 2017, delay

UK airports with biggest flight delays listed

As a new ranking lists the UK's 25 major airports by departure punctuality, there are calls for infrastructure modernisation.

SAS, LOT, Heathrow, London, noise, aircraft, descent, MAX, Boeing, Continuous Descent Approaches, list, greenest, quietest

SAS is “quietest and greenest” at Heathrow

The airlines SAS and LOT have been singled out for praise by one of the busiest airports in the world.

SAS pilots get a single union

New single union stands up to SAS.