Bombardier receives first sustainable aviation fuel shipment
Inaugural shipment of sustainable aviation fuel supplied by Avfuel Corporation to be deployed to Bombardier customers upon aircraft delivery
Bombardier has received an inaugural shipment of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) at its Montreal facilities.
The company says the shipment will further reinforce its commitment to sustainable flying. The delivery is the first step in the company’s plan to secure long-term partnerships with fuel suppliers to deploy SAF to all of its facilities as worldwide supply becomes more readily available.
David Coleal, President of Bombardier Aviation said: “We stand behind our commitment to help promote the increased use of SAF throughout the industry. Today, we are proud to offer it for the first time at one of our Canadian facilities and it’s only the beginning. Bombardier is working toward ensuring that the use of these fuels becomes a standard in our day-to-day operations as we do our part to reduce CO2 emissions worldwide and meet the longstanding industry climate pledge.”
Drop-in alternative to traditional jet fuel
Bombardier has leveraged a supply of SAF for use during demonstration flights at its Hartford, CT, facility, which has been home to the company’s customer demonstration operations since 2017. In addition, Bombardier flies its entire fleet of demonstration aircraft into major airshows and events to raise industry awareness and demonstrate that SAF can become a mainstream, drop-in alternative to traditional jet fuel for general aviation aircraft. The company has actively participated in industry events promoting the use of SAF in Van Nuys, CA, and Farnborough, UK, and most recently at NBAA where SAF was also used on-site at the static display for aircraft to fly home.
Coleal added: “At Bombardier, we build our aircraft with the future in mind. For example, the new Rolls-Royce Pearl 15 engine, purpose-built for the Global 5500 and Global 6500 business jets, make the aircraft cleaner and more efficient, with an up to 13-per-cent fuel burn advantage, contributing to highly favourable operating costs. The GE Passport engine, designed specifically for the award-winning Global 7500 aircraft, powers it to speeds of up to Mach 0.925 with dependable reliability and greater fuel efficiency.”
In 2009, the business aviation community developed an aggressive programme in support of ICAO targets and committed to contributing to the overall aviation goals. It has committed to specific targets which include carbon-neutral growth by 2020; an improvement in fuel efficiency by 2 per year from 2010 until 2020; and a reduction in total CO2 emissions of 50 per cent by 2050 relative to 2005.