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June 14, 2024
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Turboprop maker ATR and Swedish Braathens Regional Airlines (BRA) are jointly pushing the certification of 100-percent sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), they have announced on September 16. While this is a clearly defined target, the French-Italian airframer has yet to share its vision on how sustainable aviation really looks like in the coming decades. What is ATR’s long-term sustainable strategy?

The joint effort sees BRA operate 100-percent SAF on one of the two Pratt & Whitney turboprop engines during a demonstration flight in early 2022. The other engine will have a blend of 50 percent SAF and 50 percent kerosene, which by current regulations is the maximum blend permitted. Other airframers Boeing and Airbus have been pushing for pure SAFs as well, which should become available in the mid-2020s.

 


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Richard Schuurman
Active as a journalist since 1987, with a background in newspapers, magazines, and a regional news station, Richard has been covering commercial aviation on a freelance basis since late 2016. Richard is contributing to AirInsight since December 2018. He also writes for Airliner World, Aviation News, Piloot & Vliegtuig, and Luchtvaartnieuws Magazine. Twitter: @rschuur_aero.