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A Scorched Air Field South of London Puts Focus on Green Flying

  • Farnborough show attendees baking in record temperatures
  • Prince of Wales implores governments to support green fuels
Attendees watch an Airbus SE A350 aircraft aerial display during the Farnborough International Airshow in Farnborough, UK, on July 18.

Attendees watch an Airbus SE A350 aircraft aerial display during the Farnborough International Airshow in Farnborough, UK, on July 18.

Photographer: Jason Alden/Bloomberg
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The Farnborough air show is typically the venue for Airbus SE and Boeing Co. to vie for massive orders from airlines. But as the UK withers under a crippling heat warning, sustainability and the aviation industry’s pressing need to go green were high on attendees’ minds.

Prince Charles, beamed in via video conference to open the show’s adjacent Aerospace Global Forum, called upon governments to become champions of sustainable aviation fuels through mandates and price incentives. The heir to the throne, who has made environmental causes a key pillar of his interests, said huge amounts of investment were required to unlock and develop sustainable aviation fuel.