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Published: 27 November 2023

First 100% ‘Sustainable Aviation Fuel’ Transatlantic Commercial Flight Heralds New Era For Aviation

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As ‘Flight100,’ the world’s first 100% sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) transatlantic commercial flight gets ready for take-off, BritishAmerican Business has released a report which examines how the UK and the US can support the aviation industry’s push towards net zero emissions.

Led by Virgin Atlantic and supported by the Department for Transport, the flight has involved a number of companies including Boeing, Rolls-Royce and BP to demonstrate that SAF is the right alternative to regular jet fuel.

SAF is critical for aviation’s net zero transition, with over 450,000 flights globally having used up to 50% SAF. However, this transatlantic commercial flight represents the first to be entirely powered by SAF, proving that deeply decarbonised aircraft operations are possible.

High production costs have hindered widespread SAF adoption to date, but ongoing government support and industry collaboration aim to address affordability challenges and promote further investment in SAF projects.

The report, launched in conjunction with the historic flight, assesses the current state of SAF viability and immediate challenges hindering widespread adoption across the industry. The report also suggests recommendations for the US and the UK to cement leadership in this rapidly growing market, including a price mechanism to scale up SAF and government policies that incentivise R&D and technology readiness.

The flight from London to New York will take place tomorrow, Tuesday 28th November.

BritishAmerican Business CEO Duncan Edwards said:

“This week’s transatlantic Flight100 represents a significant moment in the aviation industry’s commitment to sustainability and underscores the leadership roles that both the US and the UK can play in the promotion of SAF.

“SAF is not just a solution, it represents the future for the aviation sector. The successful adoption and expansion of SAF will require strong collaboration across government and business on both sides of the Atlantic. While recognising the significant challenges ahead, today’s flight helps steer the sector towards a greener future.”

About BritishAmerican Business

BritishAmerican Business is the leading transatlantic trade association incorporating the British-American Chamber of Commerce in the US and the American Chamber of Commerce in the UK.

We are committed to strengthening the economic corridor between the United States and the United Kingdom by supporting policies and actions that protect and enhance the environment for transatlantic trade and investment on behalf of our members.

We convene and serve a growing network of companies and business leaders through networking opportunities, bespoke programming and marketing platforms.

We actively promote trade and investment and support those who make the transatlantic corridor part of their business growth ambition.