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How Airlines Are Powering Airplanes With Biofuels

It’s been 10 years since a Virgin Atlantic Boeing 747 flew from London to Amsterdam on the first test flight of an airliner powered by a mix of jet fuel and biofuels. Passenger flights in biofueled planes began three years later, and by June of this year, more than 130,000 flights had operated with what’s known more precisely as SAF, for “sustainable aviation fuel”. That isn’t to say that your next flight will be fueled by leftover oil from a deep fryer. Far from it.

2019-03-15T14:36:06+00:00 December 8th, 2018|

Six reasons why its cool to be a pilot

The magic of flight has fascinated us for well over a century. There are those who are content to sit on the ground and watch aircraft soar overhead. Many of us are excited to be passengers, modern-day jetsetters who travel the globe. But for some, the passion for flight is overwhelming, and the need to fly becomes a lifelong obsession. CNN Travel spoke to six pilots, who told us why it's cool to be a pilot.

2019-07-25T13:18:19+00:00 August 6th, 2018|

What it takes to get a plane ready between flights

Airplanes don’t make money sitting on the ground. That’s why the time from landing to takeoff is an efficiently choreographed dance of people and equipment. Known as a turnaround, or “turn” in industry parlance, it’s an airline’s version of a Formula One or NASCAR pit stop. The goal is to get an airliner back in the air as quickly as possible.

2018-09-15T11:10:30+00:00 July 12th, 2018|

North Atlantic Tracks: Invisible Highways in the Sky

Captain James Basnett is at the controls of a British Airways Airbus A380 mega-jet, serenely cruising far above the stormy North Atlantic. More than 450 passengers are enjoying the inflight service, watching a movie or just sleeping away the overnight flight from Boston to London. Comfortably cocooned in the technological marvel that is a modern airliner, the passengers are blissfully unaware that their plane is just one of hundreds in a massive aerial armada heading to Europe from North America.

2018-07-12T14:41:57+00:00 May 23rd, 2018|