Gulfstream complete trans-Atlantic flight on 100% SAF


On November 19th, Gulfstream completed first trans-Atlantic flight fuelled by 100% Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF).

The G600 aircraft, powered by Pratt & Whitney PW815GA engines, departed from Gulfstream’s headquarters in Savannah and landed at Farnborough airport, UK.

“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 generations.”

The SAF was made of 100% Hydroprocessed Esters and Fatty Acids (HEFA) by World Energy at their Paramount Facility, California, and was delivered by World Fuel Services.

The data gathered from the flight will help gauge aircraft compatibility with low-aromatic renewable fuels, especially under cold temperatures for extended flights.

Anthony Rossi, vice president, Sales and Marketing, Pratt & Whitney said this was a major step as they continue to validate the compatibility of their engines with unblended SAF.

“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 are also the first business jet Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) to fly on 100% SAF.

This announcement comes just a week before Virgin and Rolls Royce plan to fly the first commercial aircraft trans-Atlantic flight using 100% SAF on November 28th, taking off from Heathrow and landing at New York JFK.

SAF Investor recently spoke with Gene Gebolys, president & CEO, World Energy  on The SAF Podcast, listen to the full episode here: