Virgin Atlantic to launch zero-emission transport for VIP passengers
Virgin Atlantic has announced plans to use zero emission, zero petrol vehicles to transfer its VIP passengers.
The airline will use a fleet of hydrogen-fuelled Chevrolet Equinox, built by General Motors, to offer a complimentary ground service for those flying in its Upper Class cabin into Los Angeles International Airport.
While, initially, just three vehicles will be used, the airline has already indicated it may expand the service to New York transfers.
Virgin's chief executive, Sir Richard Branson, said: "Our mission to be the sustainable airline is clear, both on the ground and in the air. Partnerships such as this with General Motors show that we are pioneering in the aviation industry when it comes to reducing emissions at every stage of our passengers' journey."
Last month Virgin completed the first ever flight of a commercial aircraft powered using biofuels, between London Heathrow and Amsterdam.
The plane was fuelled by a mixture of coconut oil and babassu oil, with Sir Richard revealing that the airline would be examining the feasibility of using other sustainable sources, such as algae, to fuel its planes in the future.
Article Date: 04 March 2008
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