Embraer has partnered with Pratt & Whitney to conduct a demonstration flight using 100% Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) next year. The two companies signed an MOU that will see Embraer and the U.S.-based engine manufacturer collaborate on studies to support the shared goal of helping the industry reach net zero carbon emissions from air travel by 2050.
Pratt & Whitney GTF™ engines power the E195-E2, the aircraft that is planned to be used for the demo flight.
Today, standards set by ASTM International, the American Society for Testing and Materials, allow aircraft to fly with SAFs that are up to 50% blended with kerosene. Testing and collaboration between OEMs, like that provided in the new partnership between Embraer and Pratt & Whitney, will help in the process to certify the standard to 100% SAF.
Embraer will provide the aircraft, technical support and personnel for the flight.
The new partnership is just another example of Embraer’s continuing efforts to bring greater sustainability in commercial aviation. The company recently announced its Energia family of four concept aircraft that use environment-friendly fuels such as green electricity, hydrogen or hydrogen and SAF in a flexible configuration.
Embraer also flew its Electric Demonstrator last August, an aircraft that is 100% electrically powered.