Synthetic jet fuel and the future of aviation

Sasol on Tuesday said the development of a synthetic jet fuel means the local aviation market will not have to depend on global oil reserves any longer.

The company made history on Tuesday by flying the first-ever commercial airliner powered solely by synthetic jet fuel from Johannesburg to Cape Town. The fuel is made from coal rather than crude oil and burns cleaner than current petroleum-based jet fuels.

Speaking through the PA system on the Boeing 737 used for the maiden flight Sasol’s Paul Morgan said research into this technology started almost 20 years ago. They have turned coal into liquid fuel but never before taken jet fuel from coal and used it in a commercial airline. It is great to see Sasol being leaders again!

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