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Virgin Atlantic Plane Flies on Recycled Waste Gas

The Boeing 747 was powered by a blend of conventional jet fuel and ethanol produced from waste emissions.

A Virgin Atlantic plane fueled with waste carbon gas from a steel mill has just flown from Orlando, Fla., to London. This was the first commercial flight to operate on recycled waste fuel.

Virgin Atlantic Founder and Environmentalist Richard Branson marshaled in the plane, which was powered by a blend of conventional jet fuel and ethanol produced from waste emissions, a innovation developed by Chicago-based company LanzaTech in collaboration with the Pacific Northwest National Lab (PNNL), a U.S. Department of Energy laboratory.

EcoWatch has more details:

Virgin Atlantic has successfully flown and landed a commercial flight using aviation fuel partly made of waste carbon gas from a steel mill.

The Boeing 747 took off from Orlando, Florida and landed in London's Gatwick airport on Wednesday morning.

Virgin Atlantic founder Richard Branson, who marshaled in the plane, celebrated the flight for making "aviation history."

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