ATR 72-600 completes several flights using 100% SAF

Turboprop aircraft reached 7 hours of flights with one of the PW127 engines being powered by fuel extracted from waste such as used cooking oil

ATR revealed that its ATR 72-600 F-WWEV test aircraft has completed 7 hours of flight using sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) in one of the PW127 engines.

The aircraft was fueled by Neste MY Sustainable Aviation Fuel, which is produced from 100% renewable waste and waste raw materials such as used cooking oil.

The tests are part of the certification program for the use of 100% SAF on ATR aircraft, which aims to start commercial flights in 2025.

In addition to Neste, the partnership also includes the Swedish carrier Braathens Regional Airlines, which should carry out a 100% SAF flight in 2022.

ATR intends to certificate the use of SAF from 2025 (ATR)

Adopting sustainable jet fuel will be a big step towards reducing CO2 emissions, as ATR estimates that a turboprop can emit 82% less carbon dioxide than an aircraft fueled with regular kerosene.

“The achievement of this great milestone shows that we are fully committed to making the use of 100% SAF possible and helping our customers meeting their objectives to provide even more sustainable air links – not in 2035 or 2050 but in the coming years,” he said. Stefano Bortoli, ATR’s Chief Executive Officer.


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