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ATR performs successful test flights using sustainable aviation fuel

Regional aircraft manufacturer ATR has successfully performed a series of ground and flight tests on its ATR 72-600 prototype aircraft using 100 per cent sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) in one engine.

The aircraft was powered by Neste MY Sustainable Aviation Fuel, produced using 100 per cent renewable waste and residuals raw materials.

The tests form part of ATR’s 100 per cent SAF certification processes for its aircraft, which is backed by a collaboration with Braathens Regional Airlines and Neste.

The three companies target a demonstration flight in 2022 on a Braathens Regional Airlines’ ATR aircraft – and aim to compete the certification process of ATR aircraft using 100 per cent SAF by 2025.

ATR’s chief executive officer Stefano Bortoli said: “As the regional market leader, our aim is to lead the change to decarbonisation. Already emitting 40 per cent less CO2 than similarly-sized regional jets, ATR turboprops are the ideal platform to offer significant advances in the reduction of CO2 emissions.

“The achievement of this great milestone shows that we are fully committed to making the use of 100 per cent 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.”

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