Solving the combustion challenge for the jet engine

When Sir Frank Whittle encountered fuel combustion challenges in developing the jet engine in the 1940s, he turned to Shell for a solution.

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A supersonic collaboration

Commercial flight went supersonic in 1976 when Concorde took to the skies. Shell’s work over many years on fuel systems and lubricants helped clear the way for take-off.

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The world’s first aviation oil

Shell launches first engine oil specifically designed to protect aircraft engines.

The Comet streaks in

Shell supports de-Havilland in engine testing for the world’s first passenger airliner.

Guiding the way around the moon

Shell catalyst helps first manned space flight to orbit the moon.

Australia non stop

Qantas achieves the first non-stop flight from London to Australia with Shell’s range maximising fuel.

Decarbonising Aviation: Cleared for Take-off

Our new report, produced with Deloitte, reflects views from right across the aviation industry on the obstacles the sector faces and provides a clear pathway for the sector to accelerate progress towards net-zero emissions.

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Work with us today for a low carbon future

Shell has supported the pioneers of aviation for over 100 years. Share your challenge and let’s work together today for a sustainable tomorrow.

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100 years of going beyond

Since the birth of aviation, Shell has supported innovators and pioneers, helping bring progress and opportunities to people and communities the world over.