EgyptAir delivery flight of a 787-9 Dreamliner from Boeing sets new sustainable aviation fuel records
The delivery of a new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner to customer EgyptAir yesterday was powered by a 30/70 blend of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) and conventional kerosene. The 13-hour, 11,000km delivery flight from Boeing’s facility in Everett, Washington, marks the longest flight to date using a SAF blend this high and the longest of any SAF-powered transatlantic commercial aircraft flight, claims the airline. EgyptAir also becomes the first North African airline to use SAF. The SAF was produced from used cooking oil by World Energy at its California biorefinery and supplied by EPIC Fuels. The airline said the Boeing 787-9 is expected to reduce fuel use and carbon emissions by 20% over the aircraft it is replacing. Boeing estimates the Dreamliner family has saved 37 billion pounds (16.8 million tonnes) of fuel since entering service in 2011, the equivalent of taking 10 million cars off the road for a year.
“Boeing and the industry believe sustainable fuel has significant long-term potential to help commercial aviation earn its licence to keep growing and meet our climate goals,” said Sheila Remes, VP Strategy at Boeing Commercial Airplanes.[...]
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