Bombardier Delivers First Customer Aircraft Fueled with SAF

Latitude 33 Aviation’s Challenger 350 being fueled with SAF. Bombardier

Bombardier announced today that Latitude 33 Aviation, a private jet charter, executive jet management, and aircraft sales and acquisitions company based in California, has taken delivery of the first Bombardier customer aircraft to fly away on sustainable aviation fuel (SAF). Latitude 33 Aviation will manage and charter the Challenger 350 business jet in Seattle, Washington, on behalf of the aircraft owner.

This significant milestone comes as Bombardier recently received the first shipment of SAF in Canadian history to be offered at its Montreal facility. The new Challenger 350 delivered with this initial shipment of SAF is one of six Challenger-series aircraft that Latitude 33 Aviation manages, part of a fleet of 30 client-owned private business jets located throughout California, Colorado, Arizona, Texas, Oregon, Washington, and Tennessee.

Latitude 33 Aviation’s commitment to sustainable flying marks a significant milestone in the increased use of SAF throughout the industry, which follows Bombardier’s inaugural shipment of SAF, a key pillar in the company’s plan to secure long-term partnerships with fuel suppliers to deploy SAF worldwide.

“We are very pleased that the customer and Latitude 33 Aviation joined us in demonstrating that SAF can become a mainstream, drop-in alternative to traditional jet fuel for general aviation aircraft,” said Peter Likoray, senior vice president, Worldwide Sales and Marketing, Bombardier Business Aircraft. “We are actively promoting the use of SAF as a regular part of flying business aircraft and Latitude 33 Aviation’s trust as the first customer to fly away from our delivery center on these fuels represents a turning point in the longstanding and industry-wide pledge to reduce CO2 emissions.”

The Challenger 350 is one of Bombardier’s most successful models, reaching 300 deliveries faster than any other jet in the medium and large categories, according to the company.The aircraft recently demonstrated its performance capabilities by setting speed records for 10 key American city pairings in 20.5 hours. The 350’s redesigned canted winglets cut down on drag and reduce fuel burn, and its Honeywell HTF7350 turbofan engines deliver increased thrust, which contributes to the aircraft’s fuel efficiency while producing lower emissions.

“We’re excited about our continued relationship with Bombardier,” said Solomon Short, Director of Operations at Latitude 33 Aviation. “Our company is known for its exceptional service and seamless travel experience, so this factory-new delivery will help us continue to provide one of the best charter flight experiences, as well as help address the industry’s environmental impact.”

Dan Pimentel is an instrument-rated private pilot and former airplane owner who has been flying since 1996. As an aviation journalist and photographer, he has covered all aspects of the general and business aviation communities for a long list of major aviation magazines, newspapers and websites. He has never met a flying machine that he didn’t like, and has written about his love of aviation for years on his Airplanista blog. For 10 years until 2019, he hosted the popular ‘Oshbash’ social media meetup events at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh.

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