Data Collected During This Mission Will Advance Industry Toward
SAVANNAH, Ga., Nov. 20,
2023 /PRNewswire/ -- Gulfstream Aerospace Corp.
today announced the successful completion of the world's first
trans-Atlantic flight using 100% sustainable aviation fuel (SAF).
Accomplished on November 19, the
flight took place on a Gulfstream G600 aircraft, which departed the
company's headquarters in Savannah
and landed 6 hours, 56 minutes later at Farnborough Airport in
Powered by Pratt & Whitney PW815GA engines, both using 100%
SAF, this mission showcases the potential for aviation's future use
of renewable fuels, which feature lower carbon, sulfur and
aromatics. The data collected from this endurance flight will help
Gulfstream and its key suppliers gauge aircraft compatibility with
future low-aromatic renewable fuels, particularly under cold
temperatures for extended flight durations.
"Gulfstream is innovating for a sustainable future," said
Mark Burns, president, Gulfstream.
"One of the keys to reaching business aviation's long-term
decarbonization 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
The SAF used on the flight was produced by World Energy and
delivered by World Fuel Services. It was comprised of 100%
Hydroprocessed Esters and Fatty Acids (neat HEFA), which has at
least 70% lower lifecycle CO2 emissions than
fossil-based jet fuel, helping to reduce aviation's impact on
climate. Additionally, this zero added aromatics fuel has a reduced
impact on local air quality and very low sulfur content, which can
reduce non-CO2 environmental impacts.
"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.
Other key partners supporting this milestone include Honeywell,
Safran and Eaton.
"We'd like to thank all our partners for their help in making
this milestone flight happen, and for their ongoing partnership in
collaborating with the extended SAF community to champion the
aviation industry's path to 100% SAF usage," said Burns.
Gulfstream was the first business jet original equipment
manufacturer to fly on 100% SAF. This flight advances the company's
continuing work to lead the industry's sustainability efforts.
For more information on Gulfstream's sustainability journey,
NOTE TO EDITORS
Inspired by the belief that aviation could fuel business growth,
Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. invented the first purpose-built
business aircraft, the Gulfstream I, which first flew in 1958.
Today, more than 3,000 aircraft are in service around the world.
Together with parent company General Dynamics, Gulfstream
consistently invests in the future, dedicating resources to
researching and developing innovative new aircraft, technologies
and services. With a fleet that includes the super-midsize
Gulfstream G280, the high-performing Gulfstream G650 and Gulfstream
G650ER, and a next-generation family of aircraft including the
all-new Gulfstream G400, the award-winning Gulfstream G500 and
Gulfstream G600, the flagship Gulfstream G700 and the
ultralong-range Gulfstream G800, Gulfstream offers an aircraft for
every mission. All are backed by Gulfstream's Customer Support
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