Richard Branson, chairman of Virgin Group, told CNBC’s "Morning Call" that Virgin Atlantic Airways plans to test bio-fuels next year in an effort to reduce carbon emissions and increase efficiency.
“It would be wonderful if we could change the color of Virgin from red to green,” Branson told CNBC’s Phil LeBeau during an interview in Chicago.
Boeing and General Electric are jointly developing a new engine designed to run on bio-fuel. GE is the parent company of CNBC.
Branson said Virgin Atlantic’s purchase of 15 Boeing 787 Dreamliners valued at $2.8 billion will mean a quieter, more fuel-efficient ride for passengers while emitting less carbon pollutants.
Branson said the new Boeing planes are 30% more efficient than Virgin Atlantic’s current fleet and about 6% quieter on landing, takeoff and in flight.