ADA accomplishes two AW139 helicopter flights powered by SAF

Abu Dhabi Aviation (ADA) and Leonardo’s AW139 intermediate twin-engine helicopter has accomplished two flights powered by aviation fuel blended with SAF.

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The flights using SAF on an ADA commercial helicopter marked a first in the UAE and Middle East. “This initiative and achievement demonstrate ADA and Leonardo’s capability and active commitment in reducing the impact that aviation has on global carbon emissions,” the companies said.

Nader Ahmed Al Hammadi, chairman of Abu Dhabi Aviation, said: “We reaffirm ADA’s commitment to supporting the UAE’s efforts in the aviation sector to ensure sustainable growth and its adoption in the future.”

Gian Piero Cutillo, Leonardo Helicopters’ MD, said “The SAF flights in the UAE performed by ADA’s AW139 have shown what’s possible in support of the rapid evolution of sustainability requirements in aviation.

“This technology can deliver real benefits in the region and widely across geographies, for all missions and can be readily available. We’re committed to joining forces with authorities, energy industry leaders and rotorcraft service providers to incentivise the use of SAF to sustain carbon footprint reduction.”