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January 2008 edition

Virgin Atlantic targets a commercial airline bio-first

Virgin Atlantic aims to be the first airline in the world to fly on bio-fuel. Paul Charles, director of communications, says: "We will prove that alternative fuels can be used in the air instead of 100 per cent traditional jet fuel."

He adds: "We are also looking forward to taking delivery of the new Boeing 787 Dreamliner in three year's time, which will enable us to be nearly 30 per cent more fuel efficient per flight." Sir Richard Branson (pictured) says he will commit all profits from his travel firms, including Virgin Atlantic and Virgin Trains, over the next 10 years to green initiatives.

"We must rapidly wean ourselves off our dependence on coal and fossil fuels," he says. He has launched the V....

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