Net zero transatlantic flight fund

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Competition to run the first-ever commercial aircraft flight powered by 100 per cent sustainable aviation fuel between the UK and the US

The Department for Transport, in partnership with Innovate UK, has launched a competition to support industry to achieve the first net zero transatlantic flight on a commercial aircraft using 100% sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) within one year.

Up to £1 million in funding will be made available from 2022 to 2023 to support the testing, research and personnel costs of the initiative.

Interested airlines, fuel producers, aircraft or engine manufacturers and fuel suppliers are invited to complete an initial expression of interest (EOI).

Submissions will be used to:

  • help set the programme’s timescales and determine the delivery plan
  • preselect proposals that will progress to the full competition stage

No funding decisions will be made at EOI stage. Shortlisted parties will be invited to apply for funding in the next stage of the competition.

Applicants that do not participate or are not successful in the EOI will not be able to compete for funding.

Find out more about the fund, EOI guidance and forms, and how to apply.

The deadline for applications is 23:59 on 15 June 2022.

First published 18 May 2022.

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