Bombardier Flying Green on Signature Aviation Sustainable Aviation Fuel

posted on 18th October 2022 by Eddie Saunders
Bombardier Flying Green on Signature Aviation Sustainable Aviation Fuel

Bombardier and Signature Aviation announced today they have reached a multi[1]year agreement for the purchase of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) quantities, based on the Book and Claim system, covering all of Bombardier’s flight operations starting in January 2023.

The agreement is the first of this scope for a business aviation original equipment manufacturer (OEM).

The initiative reinforces both companies’ leadership role in the promotion, adoption and widespread use of SAF.

“Bombardier already has a unique environmental advantage as our production facilities in Quebec are powered by cleaner hydroelectricity,” said Jean Christophe Gallagher, Executive Vice President Services and Support, and Corporate Strategy.

“We will drive our environmental stewardship even further by covering all our production flights with SAF through the new agreement with Signature.

“More of our customers are using SAF and so must Bombardier – we must all share in the responsibility for a sustainable future.

“We believe that taking action today allows us to have maximum impact on the sector as a whole and on the production of SAF.”

“Signature Renew’s Book & Claim program is business aviation’s most pragmatic approach to making the lowest overall carbon intensity SAF quickly and easily accessible,” explained Tony Lefebvre, Chief Executive Officer for Signature Aviation.

“Over the last two years, Signature has grown our SAF supply points to 17 global airports, or around 10% of our total network of private aviation terminals.

“But until we reach the milestone of SAF at every one of our terminals’ fuel farms, Book & Claim gives critical coverage to gaps in supply while immediately taking greenhouse gasses out of the atmosphere.

“Bombardier’s implementation of its ambitious sustainability plans demonstrates how any fleet operator, big or small, can tackle the challenge of their aircraft’s emissions through bulk carbon reductions, created right here in business aviation.”

As part of its regular activities, Bombardier carries out several flight operations.

This includes production testing and certification flights in Canada, notably from Montreal.

Flights between Toronto and Montreal are made with Global aircraft to perform the completion stages. Customer demonstration flights are conducted by a team based in Hartford, Connecticut.

New aircraft platforms are certified from Bombardier Flight Test Center in Wichita, Kansas. Finally, after-service check flights are conducted at all Bombardier service centres, including, for example, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Berlin, Germany, and Singapore.

Bombardier’s decision will reduce annual greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from fuel use in its flight operations by approximately 25%.

This is a major annual gain in the near term, supporting Bombardier’s previously announced objective of reducing GHG emissions from all its operations by 25% by 2025, compared to 2019 levels.

Bombardier’s 2025 objective is a step in line with the business aviation industry’s goal of achieving a net carbon neutral footprint by 2050.