Schiphol airport final destination for ‘green’ airplane

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British airline Virgin Atlantic has recently started testing biofuel on a 747 flight to Amsterdam. The flight from Heathrow to Schiphol is part of an initiative to apply profitable, alternative biofuel in commercial aviation. The flights are done in collaboration with Boeing and motor manufacturer GE Aviation.

Virgin Atlantic claims that it is the first time a commercial aircraft flies on algae-based biofuel, a fuel that does not pose a threat to the food market or fresh water reserves. The goal of the test is to reduce the CO2 emissions level of the aviation sector. The plane flew without passengers.

The reason I am on about this is because while on the motorway last Sunday, a Virgin Atlantic 747 flew overhead, which it apparently never does. Now I know why it did.

(Link: luchtvaartnieuws.nl)

2 Comments »

  1. Virgin planes are very rare in Schiphol
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/stmaartenpiloot/2124755862/

    Comment by me in amsterdam — January 16, 2008 @ 3:36 pm

  2. The 747-400 testing Biofuel could be the one you saw. Also it could be any number of other aircraft coming in for C-check maintenance, due to the fact that Schiphol airport is such a central location.

    Comment by Schiphol Airport User — February 9, 2009 @ 6:56 pm

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