Gulfstream has announced it completed the world’s first trans-Atlantic flight using 100% sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) on 19 November from the company’s headquarters in Savannah to Farnborough Airport in England.
The Pratt & Whitney PW815GA engines on the Gulfstream G600 both used 100% SAF and Gulfstream says the data collected from the endurance flight will help the company and its key suppliers gauge aircraft compatibility with future low-aromatic renewable fuels, particularly under cold temperatures for extended flight durations. Honeywell, Safran and Eaton were also Gulfstream’s key partners to enable the flight.
“Gulfstream is innovating for a sustainable future,” said Mark Burns, President of Gulfstream. “One of the keys to reaching business aviation’s long-term decarbonisation goals is the broad use of SAF in place of fossil-based jet fuel.
“The completion of this world-class flight helps to advance business aviation’s overarching sustainability mission and create positive environmental impacts for future generations.”
“Gulfstream continues to break new ground in the sustainable aviation space, and we applaud them for completing this mission as we work to validate the compatibility of our engines with unblended SAF,” said Anthony Rossi, Vice President, Sales & Marketing, Pratt & Whitney Canada.