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Dassault’s Little Rock Facility Starts Using SAF

Dassault’s Little Rock Facility Starts Using SAF

Dassault Aviation’s completion facility in Little Rock in the U.S. state of Arkansas will provide sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) for all customer acceptance and departure flights to reduce the carbon footprint of business aviation.

All Falcon aircraft flights from the facility will use SAF supplied by fuel supplier Avfuel Corporation and fuel producer Neste.

SAF, which is made from renewable sources such as used cooking oil, municipal waste, and woody biomass, has the potential to reduce carbon emissions by 80 to 90% compared to conventional jet fuel. All Falcon aircraft are certified to use up to 50% SAF blends, with the new Falcon 10X capable of using 100% SAF once it enters into service.

From a technical aspect, current regulations only permit commercial aircraft to use up to a 50/50 mix of SAF and regular kerosene although companies including Emirates, Airbus, Boeing and Rolls-Royce have conducted trial flights using 100% SAF.

The initiative is part of Dassault’s plan to reduce the carbon footprint of its aviation operations and contribute to the industry’s goal of achieving net-zero emissions by 2050. The decision to switch to SAF required a lot of planning and investment, but it was one more step toward sustainable aviation.

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