The plane took off from London to Glasgow on Tuesday
British Airways announced on Wednesday that it has made its first passenger flight to be powered directly by sustainable aviation fuel (SAF).
The remaining emissions for Tuesday’s British Airways Flight 1476 flight from London Heathrow Airport to Glasgow Airport were produced by flight offsets, the airline said.
“The airline operated the short carbon-neutral flight in collaboration with Heathrow, air traffic service provider NATS, fuel giant BP, Glasgow Airport and Airbus, which departed Heathrow at 10:36 on Tuesday. [September 14,] 2021 and arrived in Glasgow at 11:28 local time.” British Airways said.
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The first carbon-neutral flight repeated the trip to Edinburgh from 11 years earlier, and British Airways noted that in 2010 “neither offsetting nor sustainable aviation fuels were available to reduce the impact of the flight on the environment.”
In addition, the previous flight was operated on an older aircraft carrying fewer passengers.
According to British Airways, this year’s “Perfect Flight” was flown to show “how much progress the aviation industry has made in its efforts over the past decade.”
New flight includes lighter seats, catering trolley, and redesigned flight manual and in-flight magazine all digital download, in an effort to reduce the weight of the aircraft.
An Airbus A320neo – which the company says burns 20% less fuel, 20% less carbon dioxide and is 50% quieter than its predecessor from 2010 – was used for the flight.
Sustainable aviation fuel, provided by BP, was 35% blended with conventional jet fuel.
BP’s SAF includes Sustainable feedstocks such as recycled cooking oil and household waste and produce 80% fewer lifecycle carbon emissions than conventional jet fuel.
The aircraft was towed back using one of British Airlines’ electric mototok vehicles powered by Heathrow’s 100% renewable energy.
The airline stated that only one engine of the A320neo was used for taxiing on the runway and that air traffic controllers in NATS instructed the aircraft to continuously ascend and descend, allowing the jet to avoid flattening, causing fuel burning. increased, the airline said.
The climb speed of Perfect Flight was predetermined and the flight was able to land without airborne interference.
Upon landing in Glasgow, the A320neo’s second engine was turned off as it was taxing.
“This year’s flight achieved a 62% reduction in CO2 emissions compared to flight in 2010 – 34% from more efficient aircraft and operations, 28% from the use of sustainable aviation fuel, the remaining 38% using high quality, verified carbon offsets offset,” British Airways said.
“This flight presented a practical demonstration of progress in our carbon reduction journey,” British Airways CEO Sean Doyle said in a statement. “Working closely with our industry partners we have improved emissions reductions by 62% compared to a decade ago. This reflects real progress in our efforts to reduce carbon and continues to innovate, alongside governments and industry. Reflects our determination to act and accelerate. Adopting new low carbon solutions to bring us closer to the perfect flight of the future.”
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Earlier this month, airline started Its BA Better World Sustainability Program and its parent company, International Airlines Group, have recently committed to operating 10% of their flights using SAF by 2030.
British Airways has committed to achieving net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 by investing in new aircraft, developing aircraft powered by sustainable aviation fuel and hydrogen, and studying carbon capture technology.