Pratt & Whitney Canada, the Canadian division of Pratt & Whitney, has teamed up with regional aircraft manufacturer ATR on sustainable operations for ATR aircraft.        

The partners will step up efforts to ensure that the PW127-series engines, including the new PW127XT next-generation ATR deliveries, can run on 100% sustainable aviation fuel (SAF).

As part of the alliance, Pratt & Whitney Canada and ATR will perform compatibility studies, aircraft ground and flight tests, as well as engineering analyses, among others.

The aircraft maker is seeking 100% SAF certification for its ATR 42 and 72 aircraft by 2025.

This certification is subject to ASTM International’s specifications.

Pratt & Whitney Canada sales and marketing vice president Anthony Rossi said: “Our collaboration with ATR will be underway throughout 2023 and 2024 and builds on our recent 100% SAF test flight with Braathens Regional Airlines, which was an industry first for regional aviation.

“While all Pratt & Whitney Canada engines have already been certified for 50% SAF blends for more than a decade, ensuring readiness to operate with 100% SAF blends in future will allow us to maximise their potential for decarbonisation.”

The agreement comes after ATR, Pratt & Whitney Canada and Braathens Regional Airlines jointly carried out a successful flight trial on SAF-powered ATR 72-600 aircraft in June 2022.

ATR CEO Nathalie Tarnaud Laude said: “We have recently demonstrated with our collaborators, Braathens Regional Airlines and Pratt & Whitney Canada, that ATR aircraft are SAF-ready. Now, we need to continue to join forces to increase SAF availability, as part of our common journey towards net zero.”

In recent times, multiple firms have used SAF to make green air travel a reality.

Last December, Rolls-Royce and Gulfstream Aerospace completed the test flight of a business jet utilising 100% SAF.

Earlier this week, LanzaJet and Indian Oil Corporation signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to boost SAF adoption in India.