Pratt & Whitney Canada and Gulfstream Complete Transatlantic Flight With 100 Percent SAF
Pratt & Whitney and Gulfstream have successfully completed a transatlantic flight with a G600 business jet powered by PW815GA engines using 100 percent sustainable aviation fuel (SAF).
On Monday (November 20, 2023), Pratt & Whitney Canada announced the successful completion of their first transatlantic flight with a Gulfstream G600 business jet powered by PW815GA engines using 100 percent SAF. The Gulfstream G600 flew on November 19, 2023, from Savannah, Georgia (U.S.) to Farnborough in the UK with both engines powered by 100 percent Hydro Processed Esters and Fatty Acids (neat HEFA), which delivers at least 70 percent lower lifecycle CO2 emissions compared to conventional jet fuel. The SAF used for the milestone flight was produced by World Energy and delivered by World Fuel Services.
In Monday’s announcement, Pratt & Whitney Canada’s Vice President of Sales & Marketing, Anthony Rossi, said,
“Collaborating with airframe manufacturers such as Gulfstream is an important part of our long-standing efforts to ensure SAF compatibility across all our engines, which have already been certified to operate with up to 50% SAF blends for more than a decade. With this transatlantic flight, we are effectively demonstrating both engine and aircraft functionality in a fully operational setting to support future specifications for 100% SAF, which will be critical to achieving a more sustainable future of net-zero CO2 emissions for aviation in the decades ahead. Future 100% SAF operational approval will add to the versatility, reliability, and fuel efficiency of the PW815GA engine to benefit Gulfstream and our customers.”
Also commenting on the landmark flight, Gulfstream’s President, Mike Burns, said,
“For more than a decade, we have worked closely with Pratt & Whitney Canada to power a new generation of our business jets using the PW800 engine. The G600 entered service in 2019 powered by twin PW815GA engines and the aircraft has consistently delivered on our promises to our customers. The performance of the aircraft on the first transatlantic flight using 100% SAF showcases our commitment to leading the industry in sustainability innovation through new aircraft and propulsion technologies, while promoting environmentally responsible practices.”
Pratt & Whitney Canada’s engines have achieved over one billion flight hours across the entire fleet since the introduction of the PT6 turboprop in 1963, with the PW800 engine Family contributing more than 330,000 towards this milestone.
A division of Raytheon Technologies Corporation (NYSE: RTX), Pratt & Whitney is a global leader in the design, manufacture and service of aircraft and helicopter engines and auxiliary power units (APUs) for commercial, military, regional, business and general aviation aircraft. Pratt & Whitney is known for their innovative technologies such as the Geared Turbofan (GTF) commercial aircraft engine and the PW800 business jet engine.
Source: Pratt & Whitney/PRNewswire