ATR 72 completes first flight with 100% SAF

According to the manufacturer, it was the first regional aircraft in history to use only sustainable fuel

ATR, in partnership with the Swedish airline Braathens and supplier Neste, performed on Tuesday the first flight of a regional aircraft with 100% Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF).

The aircraft, belonging to Braathens, was crewed by ATR chief pilot Cyril Cizabuiroz, co-pilot Jean-Pierre Marre and flight test mechanic Pascal Daussin, who flew about 1 hour and 20 minutes.

The flight took place in Malmo, Sweden, with an ATR 72-600 and is part of the certification sought by airframer with a view to making commercial flights possible with 100% SAF from 2025.

The certification process began in September 2021, with ground and flight tests. Earlier this year, ATR completed a flight with one of the turboprop engines running on only sustainable fuel.

“Today is a historic day for aviation. After more than a century of commercial flights powered by kerosene, we are at the dawn of a new era. In recent months, we carried out a series of successful flights with sustainable fuel in one engine. We now decided it was time to perform the first test flight with 100% SAF in both engines,” ATR CEO Stefano Bortoli said.

According to Neste, which supplied the fuel, SAF can reduce greenhouse gas missions over its life cycle by up to 80% compared to using fossil jet fuel.

Braathens ATR was fueled with sustainable aviation fuel
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