Virgin Airlines founder says airplanes have few 'filling stations' compared with other transport, making it easier to supply them.

This article titled “Aviation could switch to low-carbon fuel ‘sooner than thought'” was written by John Vidal, environment editor, for guardian.co.uk on Monday 5th December 2011 07.26 UTC

The world's 7,000 airlines could switch to low-carbon jet fuels much faster than other transport because aeroplanes have very few “filling stations”, says Richard Branson.

“Unlike cars where there are millions of filling stations, there are only about 1,700 aviation stations in the world. So if you can get the right fuel, like mass-produced algae, then getting it to 1,700 outlets is not so difficult,” Branson said in an interview with the Guardian from the British Virgin islands.

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