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Gulfstream Video Highlights Commitment to Sustainable Aviation Fuels


Business aviation’s strong commitment to the environment, in part by advocating for the use of sustainable aviation fuels (SAF), is underscored in a new video from Gulfstream Aerospace Corp., that highlights the company’s commitment to sustainability.


Gulfstream is increasing the use of SAF for its demonstration, customer support and flight test fleets in Savannah, GA, having recently extended its SAF fuel agreement for an additional five years. 


“Gulfstream has been using and promoting SAF throughout its business practices for many years now,” said Stewart D’Leon, NBAA director of technical operations who oversees the association’s SAF program. “It's exciting to see this commitment continue. There is a feeling that we are about to break into the widespread use of SAF, and organizations such as Gulfstream are helping to lead the way.”


Gulfstream was an early entrant into the SAF effort, first using the fuel in 2011, when a Gulfstream G450 became the first business jet to cross the Atlantic using renewable fuel. Its commitment increased in 2015, when Gulfstream made a multi-year agreement to use SAF for its Savannah facility. In December 2019, Gulfstream reached a milestone by flying its own company’s aircraft more than 1 million nautical miles on SAF.


The company estimates that using SAF  saves at least 60% in carbon dioxide emissions for every gallon used on a life-cycle basis. “To date, Gulfstream has purchased more than 1.4 million gallons of the SAF blend and reduced carbon dioxide emissions by more than 2,500 metric tons,” according to the company.


Gulfstream completed its first sale of SAF to an operator in 2019 and said nearly 20 more have expressed interest in using SAF. Last year, Gulfstream also began offering the fuel at its Van Nuys, CA, service center.