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Gulfstream sold alternative jet fuel to first client

Dal Kikin
March 21, 2019

The use of alternative fuels in US business aviation is growing. Local manufacturer of business jets Gulfstream Aerospace announced the first sale to the customer of environmentally friendly fuel SAJF (sustainable alternative jet fuel). The US-based multinational has acquired 20,000 pounds (9072 kg) of such fuel for its Gulfstream G550 aircraft.

“This sale is a direct result of our efforts to increase the visibility and availability of environmentally friendly alternative jet fuel. We are committed to promoting the use of jet fuel throughout the industry,” said Mark Burns, president of Gulfstream Aerospace Corp.

Gulfstream Aerospace has been using a mix of SAJF and Jet-A traditional jet fuel since 2012 for flights to and from its Savannah service center (Hilton Head International Airport, Georgia; IATA code: SAV).

The company also announced that it will offer alternative fuel to customers of its service center at Long Beach Airport in California. It is produced by World Energy, which is located 16 km from this airport.

Mixed fuel has been showing its effectiveness since 2016 in corporate flights and flight tests. "The fuel has proven itself, and now we are pleased to offer it to operators," added Burns.

Refueling the company's aircraft with the newest fuel will help Gulfstream achieve two main goals facing the business aviation sector - ensuring zero growth in carbon dioxide emissions to the atmosphere by 2020 and a twofold decrease by 2050 relative to 2005 figures.

The Federal Aviation Administration has confirmed that SAJF is safe to use - a mixture of biofuels from renewable sources with Jet-A is equivalent in performance to a “clean” Jet-A and does not require any modifications to the aircraft’s propulsion system.

Each gallon of fuel of this type burned (3.8 liters) provides a reduction of greenhouse gas emissions by more than 50% compared to aviation-based fuels.

It should be noted that not only Gulfstream participates in the development of a new generation of fuel. In May 2016, SkyNRG and AEG Fuels supplied environmentally friendly aviation biofuels for the demonstration fleet of Bombardier business jets, which flew from the KLM Jet Center (Amsterdam) to Geneva to participate in the European Business Aviation Exhibition EBACE. The group of business jets that used fuel produced at the AltAir Fuels plant consisted of one Learjet 75, one Challenger 350, and also the Challenger 650 and Global 6000.