Embraer revealed on Sunday that it had successfully completed test flights of the Praetor 600 and Phenom 300E business jets fueled with 100% sustainable aviation fuel (SAF).
The evaluation flights, however, use the SAF in only one of the aircraft’s engines. The Phenom 300E is equipped with Pratt & Whitney PW535E1 turbofans and the Praetor 600, Honeywell HTF7500E engines.
The sustainable fuel was supplied by the company World Fuel and the tests included the collaboration of suppliers Parker and Safran in addition to the engine manufacturers.
“We are proud to have successfully flown the Phenom 300E and Praetor 600 on 100% neat SAF, an important step as our operators are increasingly interested in and adopting this fuel,” said Michael Amalfitano, Embraer Executive Jets President and CEO. “This achievement is an important milestone in our journey towards net-zero emissions by 2050 and demonstrates our commitment to sustainability, our customers and our stakeholders.”
Currently, Embraer aircraft are approved to use a fuel mixture with up to 50% SAF, which already reduces the carbon footprint, however, the company intends to certify its aircraft for 100% SAF in order to maximize the potential of emissions reduction.
According to Embraer, the goal is to achieve carbon neutral operations by 2040 and thus support the aerospace segment to achieve zero emissions by 2050.
Embraer had already carried out similar flights with other aircraft with 100% SAF such as the E195-E2.