British Airways just flew what’s it’s calling a “perfect flight” using recycled cooking oil.
The airline said Tuesday’s Flight BA1476 was its first passenger flight “directly powered by sustainable aviation fuel, provided by bp, blended at 35% with traditional jet fuel in accordance with technical aviation specifications.” That sustainable aviation fuel was made with the recycled oil.
British Airways called the flight “carbon-neutral,” noting that remaining emissions were offset.
“This flight offered a practical demonstration of the progress we’re making in our carbon reduction journey,” British Airways Chairman and CEO Sean Doyle said in a statement. “By working together with our industry partners we’ve delivered a 62% improvement in emissions reductions compared to a decade ago.” A similar flight to Edinburgh in 2010 served as a benchmark for comparison.
Sustainable aviation fuel wasn’t the only thing that helped reduce the flight’s carbon footprint.
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While this flight was considered a success, British Airways customers shouldn’t expect this on other flights anytime soon. The airline is aiming to achieve net-zero carbon emissions across the board by 2050.