Sustainable aviation fuel used for first time at Gatwick Airport

With the primary one departing earlier, a complete of 42 simpleJet flights working from Gatwick Airport are to be powered by a 30 per cent Neste My Sustainable Aviation Fuel mix.

This milestone marks the primary time a departing flight at Gatwick has used sustainable aviation gasoline (SAF) and can also be the primary utilization by any simpleJet service from the UK.

It confirms the dedication of all events concerned – worldwide aviation gasoline provider Q8Aviation, simpleJet, Gatwick Airport and Neste – to realize a internet carbon emission discount within the gasoline utilized in aviation and work in the direction of an final objective for aviation to achieve internet zero emissions by 2050.

Of the 42 flights working mix, 39 of those would be the simpleJet flights working from Gatwick to Glasgow all through the COP26 Climate Change Conference, which runs from October thirty first to November twelfth.

Across all 42 flights CO2 emissions can have been decreased by as much as 70 tonnes.

Q8Aviation has delivered the primary provide of Neste My Sustainable Aviation Fuel to the gasoline provide at Gatwick Airport.

The course of begins with Neste-produced SAF which is mixed with Jet A-1 gasoline at a depot upstream of Gatwick Airport to create a drop-in gasoline that’s suitable with present plane engines and the airport infrastructure, with out requiring additional funding.

Q8Aviation then ship the gasoline to the primary storage tanks at Gatwick Airport for provide to simpleJet plane by way of the airport’s hydrant system.

Tim Norwood, director of company affairs, planning and sustainability of Gatwick Airport, mentioned: “We are happy to work with our companions to be the primary airport within the Vinci Airport community to introduce SAF on a industrial flight and show the idea that Gatwick is prepared and capable of operationally utilise SAF. 

“SAF is one among a number of ways in which UK aviation and Gatwick will attain internet zero carbon by 2050, alongside carbon offsets, airspace modernisation and continued innovation in aerospace know-how, together with electrical, hydrogen and hybrid plane programs. 

“With smart government policy to underpin investment in cost competitive UK SAF production, many more flights could be using UK produced SAF by the mid-2020s.”

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