The Virgin family has been excitedly sharing news about Virgin Atlantic’s recent flight – from Orlando, Florida to Gatwick, England – powered by LanzaTech’s sustainable biofuel.

The flight was a world first and a landmark step towards making commercially-viable sustainable aviation fuel a reality. The Virgin Atlantic aircraft was flown using LanzaTech jet fuel – a fuel that takes waste, carbon-rich gases that would otherwise go up the chimneys of steel and aluminium mills, and gives them a second life.

Richard Branson was on the tarmac to meet the flight. He said: “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. Working with LanzaTech will enable us to drastically reduce our carbon emissions and at the same time, help support UK industry. That’s why we’re so excited to showcase this fuel on its first commercial flight as we plan for the world’s first full scale jet fuel plant using this amazing new technology.”

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Watch the below video featuring Megan Welch, Sustainability Engagement Executive at Virgin Atlantic, talking with some of the amazing people who worked together to get us to this exciting milestone.

As highlighted in the video, the flight was the end result of a lot of hard work by a number of incredible people from across the airline and shows just how bright the future of sustainable travel is with Virgin Atlantic.

 “Today, with our carbon smart partner, Virgin Atlantic, we have shown that recycling waste carbon emissions into jet fuel is not impossible, that waste carbon needs to be thought as an opportunity not a liability, that carbon can be reused over and over again.  We thank all our partners and governments on both sides of the Atlantic for their support.  Together we can create the carbon future we need,” commented Jennifer Holmgren, CEO at LanzaTech.