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Gulfstream Conducts 100% SAF Flight

Gulfstream Conducts 100% SAF Flight

Gulfstream has conducted the industry’s first test flight using 100 percent sustainable aviation fuel (SAF). The flight, which was done in partnership with Rolls-Royce, saw the company fly a Gulfstream G650 in Savannah in the US state of Georgia. The company pledged to achieve carbon-neutral growth from 2020 onwards and strives to achieve net-zero carbon dioxide emissions by 2050. Rolls-Royce supplied the testing aircraft with its BR725 engine.

“At Gulfstream, leading our industry closer to decarbonization is a long-standing priority, and testing, evaluating and promoting new developments in SAF takes us another step closer to that goal,” said Mark Burns, President, Gulfstream.

Burns said the company has been working on sustainable products through innovations and investments in SAF, which can reduce carbon emissions by nearly 80% compared with conventional jet fuel.

The SAF used this time is produced from waste fat and plant oils by low-carbon fuel specialist World Energy in Paramount, California, and Synthesized Aromatic Kerosene (SAK) made from plant-based sugars by Wisconsin-based Virent Inc.