The UK Aims to Operate First Net-Zero Transatlantic Flight Next Year

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May 16. Just as the weekend was kicking off, the UK announced plans to make the first net-zero carbon transatlantic flight happen in 2023. To facilitate this sustainable leap for one of the world’s most heavily trafficked corridors, the Secretary of State for Transport, Grant Shapps, has invited the international sector to work with the UK government to deliver a demonstrator flight powered by 100% sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) before the end of next year.

In order to help things along, the minister announced a competition fund. This will make up to £1 million ($1.225 million) in funding will be made available from 2022 to 2023 to support the testing, research, and personnel costs of the flight. The competition is open to all airlines operating nonstop UK-US routes, as well as fuel producers, suppliers, and aircraft or engine manufacturers. Mr Shapps commented on the initiative.

Some take issue with the UK government’s idea to “make guilt-free flying a reality.” Cait Hewitt, Policy Director for the Aviation Environment Federation (AEF), said a report the organization recently commissioned shows that the government is too reliant on technology that has not yet matured to reach its “jet zero” targets.

Source: Simple Flying

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