Virgin Atlantic Flies World’s First Waste-Based Biofuel Commercial Flight

The flight from Florida to UK marked the first time ever a commercial craft was flown using biotech startup LanzaTech’s much-discussed sustainable jet fuel made from recycled waste.

Virgin Atlantic took to social media to celebrate the landing of its Boeing 747-400 G-VROM (Barbarella) at Gatwick airport in the United Kingdom (UK). Although it is not uncommon to see the airline’s planes arrive at the airport, this particular journey gave much cause for celebration

In fact, as the firm took to Twitter to announce, the trip made aviation history. The flight from Orlando, Florida marked the first time ever a commercial craft was flown using biotech startup LanzaTech’s much-discussed sustainable fuel.

The aviation firm referred to the event as a “landmark step towards making commercially-viable sustainable aviation fuel a reality.” And the ceremony saw none other than Virgin Group founder Sir Richard Branson marshall the aircraft into its stand.

“Long haul travel is more important than ever for connecting people around the world. And it’s our responsibility to ensure we’re doing that in the most sustainable way possible,” said Branson in a statement.