Gulfstream is using EBACE to demonstrate its efforts in biofuels, flying both the G450 and G550 from the company’s Savannah, Ga. headquarters to Geneva International Airport using renewable fuels.
“In 2011, the G450 was the first business jet to cross the Atlantic using biofuels,” said Gulfstream president Mark Burns. “The G450 and G550 flights to Geneva are the first transatlantic flights made using our own renewable fuel supply and mark an important milestone in our mission to practice sustainability.” Gulfstream signed a three-year agreement with World Fuel Services last year for a consistent supply of renewable fuels for its flight operations in Savannah. AltAir produces the fuel, a blend of low-carbon renewable fuel and jet-A that Gulfstream said can cut greenhouse gas emissions by more than half.
In addition to the G450 and G550, the entire Gulfstream demonstrator fleet has now flown using renewable fuels, as has the G500 flight-test fleet. Gulfstream’s supply of low-carbon, drop-in replacement biofuel is derived from agricultural waste and is certified to meet the same industry specifications as petroleum-based jet-A.