Kuehne+Nagel secures cargo space on Virgin Atlantic's Flight100. The world's first transatlantic flight powered 100% by a commercial airline
On November 28, 2023, the world's first 100% Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) transatlantic flight by a commercial airline successfully landed at New York JFK after departing from London Heathrow. Kuehne+Nagel, a leader in sustainable logistics, is actively involved in projects that encourage and promote the use of sustainable fuels in the logistics sector.
As part of its efforts, Kuehne+Nagel secured the cargo space available on this SAF-powered flight and used the corresponding amount of SAF for the goods carried.
Yngve Ruud, Kuehne+Nagel board member responsible for air logistics, comments: "This is a historic moment in our collective journey towards sustainable aviation, and we are very proud to represent the airfreight industry on the world's first 100% sustainable transatlantic flight by a commercial airline.
It's an honor to support this Virgin Atlantic-led consortium, which is pushing the boundaries of decarbonizing aviation.
Kuehne+Nagel is committed to the scientific goals of decarbonizing the logistics sector and driving change towards a carbon-free future. This flight represents the next step in sustainable aviation, demonstrating the potential of using SAF as a 100% replacement for fossil fuels.
The Virgin Atlantic-led consortium, co-financed by the UK Department for Transport, includes Rolls Royce, Boeing, the University of Sheffield, Imperial College London and the Rocky Mountain Institute.
The SAF used to power the two Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 engines on the Boeing 787 Dreamliner is produced from hydrotreated fatty acid esters (HEFA) and synthetic aromatic kerosine (SAK) at a blending ratio of 88% SAF and 12% SAK.