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Daher’s Aircraft Division Begins SAF Transition

Daher’s Aircraft Division Begins SAF Transition

Daher, the French airplane manufacturer, said all flight operations under its Aircraft Division will transition to low-carbon emission aviation by adopting sustainable aviation fuel (SAF).

The decision was announced at the European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE) in Geneva, Switzerland.

Nicolas Chabbert, the Senior Vice President of Daher’s Aircraft Division, said the company is wholly dedicated to using sustainable aviation fuels at its Tarbes, France facility but acknowledged that the limited availability of SAF remains an issue.

To combat the problem in the foreseeable future, Daher has partnered with Spanish airline Volotea “to convince the fuel provider World Fuel Services to supply SAF on the platform.”

“We expect our example will bring other operators to use renewable energy on airplanes,” Chabbert added. 

James Hardacre, World Fuel Services’ Vice President of Sales for Business Aviation in Europe, the Middle East and Asia, added: “With Daher’s adoption of SAF for its needs at TarbesLourdes-Pyrenees Airport, all users at this facility can now benefit from our supply of Neste-blended Jet A fuel.”

Daher’s flight operations, which encompass production, testing, training, maintenance, and delivery/liaison activities at Tarbes-Lourdes-Pyrenees Airport, employ a jet fuel supplied by the World Fuel Services that is blended with 30% of SAF produced by Finnish fuel giant Neste. 

Neste MY Sustainable Aviation Fuel is produced from renewable waste and residue raw materials that are sourced sustainably. The fuel significantly reduces greenhouse gas emissions by up to 30% throughout its life cycle when utilized in its “neat” form, as opposed to fossil-based jet fuel. When used as a drop-in fuel compatible with existing aircraft engines and airport infrastructure, Neste MY Sustainable Aviation Fuel is blended with fossil jet fuel and certified to adhere to ASTM jet fuel specifications.

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