Monday, February 25, 2008

Virgin's coconut-powered 747

Richard Branson, a coconut, and a 747

Mr Branson's airline Virgin Atlantic yesterday flew a jumbo jet partly powered by a bio-fuel made from babassu nuts and coconut oil - a first for a commercial aircraft.

Mr Branson said at Heathrow: "This pioneering flight will enable those of us who are serious about reducing our carbon emissions to go on developing fuels which will power our aircraft in [future] through sustainable next-generation oils, such as algae." Simultaneously, Mr Branson warned the Government that multinational companies will quit London if a third runway at Heathrow is not granted because of the gridlock and bottlenecks that will result.

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