Pratt & Whitney has successfully tested the GTF Advantage engine configuration with 100% sustainable aviation fuel (SAF). The test, which began on March 1, took place at the company’s facility in West Palm Beach, Florida, USA and marks a key step on the road toward 100% SAF operation of GTF-powered aircraft. The test is also a key element of an extensive development programme to ready the GTF Advantage for entry into service in 2024, by validating the engine’s performance on 100% SAF in thrust transients, starting and operability.
“We’re thrilled to have successfully tested the GTF Advantage engine on unblended SAF,” said Graham Webb, Chief Sustainability Officer at Pratt & Whitney. “The GTF Advantage represents the greenest, lowest emission engine in the industry, and it is now demonstrating full operational capability for the greenest aviation fuels of today and tomorrow. Operation on 100% SAF is a key component of the industry’s commitment to net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 and the completion of these tests get us closer to that goal.”