Customers taking delivery of new Beechcraft and Cessna turboprops and Citation twinjets can opt to have an initial tank of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), Textron Aviation announced yesterday. SAF also will be available to customers of its Wichita service center, it added.
“SAF equips air travelers with the ability to lessen the impact of their journeys on our planet, and we are proud to be making this fuel type available as part of our new aircraft delivery experience,” said Textron senior v-p of customer experience Christi Tannahill, who further explained the benefits of SAF reducing CO2 emissions and thus the industry’s efforts to reduce its carbon footprint. “Offering SAF for customer deliveries demonstrates an important next step in Textron Aviation’s commitment to sustainability.”
Tannahill noted that Textron aircraft using SAF flew to many aircraft industry events last year, including EBACE and NBAA-BACE, “and it is something we will seek to do for future events.” The Wichita-based airframer is not disclosing the source of its SAF supply, which according to a spokesman was acquired through a couple of spot purchases but the provider might not be who supplies it to Textron in the future.