ATR completes first flight of 100% SAF-powered regional aircraft

The first flight of a regional aircraft powered entirely by sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) was completed by franco-italian regional aircraft manufacturer ATR.

This is a significant step toward commercial aircraft being able to fly with SAF in more than one engine.

Credits to Aviation source

On June 21, 2022, ATR, Swedish carrier Braathens Regional Airlines, and SAF supplier Neste participated in a test flight over Sweden.

In the vicinity of Stockholm, between Malmö and Bromma, an ATR 72-600 prototype flew. It was the first to have both of its engines powered entirely by SAF.

We are at the beginning of a new era, according to ATR CEO Stefano Bortoli, after more than a century of commercial flights powered by kerosene.

Image courtesy – AviationSource

When compared to the use of fossil jet fuel, the fuel supplied by Neste “reduces greenhouse gas emissions across its life cycle by up to 80%.”

ATR announced the ATR EVO, a new generation of regional aircraft, on May 18, 2022.

To “allow major advances in performance, economies, and sustainability,” it will have hybrid engines, lighter bio-sourced materials, and cutting-edge technologies.

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