future fuel flights
On 3 October 2018, Gatwick welcomed Virgin Atlantic’s historymaking flight VS16 from Orlando, the first commercial flight into the UK with fuel made partly from industrial waste gas emissions.
In process pioneered by LanzaTech, waste emissions are converted into ethanol alcohol which is blended with conventional jet fuel. LanzaTech says this delivers a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions of at least 65% compared with conventional jet fuel.
LanzaTech’s fuel is certified for up to 50% blending with conventional jet fuel, and LanzaTech wants to build several production plants, including in the UK. Gatwick is supporting this and other initiatives to develop and commercialise sustainable aviation fuel, including the Government’s Future Fuels for Flight and Freight Competition (‘F4C’).