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Virgin Atlantic has announced plans to fly one of its Boeing 747s on bio-fuel on a demonstration flight next month.

The attempt will make it the world's first commercial airline to run biofuel in-flight, with the carrier emphasising the sustainability of the fuel source it plans to use for the journey.

Operating in conjunction with aircraft manufacturer Boeing and engine developer GE Aviation, the airline's president, Sir Richard Branson, claims that the flight is just one aspect of its efforts to reduce its carbon footprint.

"This breakthrough will help Virgin Atlantic to fly its planes using clean fuel sooner than expected," he said. "The demonstration flight next month will give us crucial knowledge that we can use to dramatically reduce our carbon footprint.

"Virgin Group pledged to invest all its profits from its transportation companies towards developing clean energy and with this breakthrough we are well down the path to achieving our goals."

As well as his aviation commitments, Sir Richard has also made plans to convert all its Virgin Trains rolling stock to biodiesel, while also establishing the Virgin Fuels operation to develop alternative fuel technology such as biofuels.ADNFCR-1231-ID-18425719-ADNFCR

Article Date: 14 January 2008

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