The Boeing 747 by Virgin Atlantic Airways took off from London’s Heathrow Airport at 11.30am local time (2.30pm Kenyan time) for Amsterdam on trial a basis, without passengers.
The airline’s president Sir Richard Branson described the launch as historic in his pursuit of environment-friendly flights.
The launch came as a debate on environmental degradation dominated media in Europe and America, and also as industries in the US embrace new technology, which can reduce carbon dioxide by more than 50 per cent from the atmosphere.
The fuel used in the trial flight was obtained from coconut and babassu oil from Brazil and the Philipines.
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