The First 100% Sustainable Fuel Flight was Completed!

A United Airlines passenger aircraft made history this week, as it completed a 984 km flight… powered 100% by renewable energy. How? SAF (sustainable aviation fuel) is fuel made by renewable biomass and “products generally discarded as waste”, says this article by Interesting Engineering. This fuel can be used directly by combustion engines, possible disrupting the energy industry.

This is a great moment for our planet. Worldwide, aviation produced 915 million tonnes of CO2 in 2019. More specifically, it produces around 2% of all human-induced carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. This SAF-Powered flight produced 75% less carbon on the trip. In fact, aircraft maker Boeing said that “all its aircraft will use 100 percent SAF by the end of this decade.”

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United Airlines Makes History, Flies a Passenger Aircraft with 100% Sustainable Fuel

A United Airlines passenger aircraft touched down at the Reagan National Airport in Washington, DC on December 2, 2021, like any other Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft would. However, the flight that traveled 612 miles (984 km) on this trip made aviation history as it was the first commercial aircraft to be powered by 100 percent sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), CNET reported.

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