Virgin Atlantic conducted the first flight utilizing biofuel today in the hopes that it can be show that biofuels emit less carbon dioxide than regular fuels. While some say this test flight is just part of a publicity stunt used by Branson to draw more attention to himself and his airline, this test is extremely helpful and came at great expense.
Regardless of whether the flight is shown to be greener than a traditional one, we should commend Branson for at least trying. After all, it can’t be easy to fly a jet on coconut and babassu oil.
I for one am glad the flight took place as I got to learn a new term… Babassu oil. Apparently it comes from the nuts of a palm tree in Brazil. Now I feel complete. Thank you Mr. Branson.