The flights took place in Abu Dhabi on the 28 and 30 November – with the latter flight carrying a number of industry representatives and UAE dignitaries. The flights are a ‘first’ in the Middle East, according to a statement by Leonardo.
“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,” said Nader Ahmed Al Hammadi, Chairman of Abu Dhabi Aviation.
ADA currently operates 33 Leonardo aircraft, most of which are AW139s. The company provides a range of services, including medical evacuation (medevac) for offshore oil platforms; aerial firefighting; and search and rescue on behalf of the UAE’s armed forces.
Saif Mohammed Al Suwaidi, Director General of the UAE’s General Civil Aviation Authority, added that the country’s civil aviation sector is making significant strides towards enhancing the use of SAF.
He continued: “On the 24th of this month, at the conclusion of the third ICAO Conference on Aviation and Alternative Fuels – which was hosted by the UAE – the world witnessed the launch of the Dubai Framework for Sustainable Aviation Fuel, which represents the beginning of the path towards a more sustainable future in aviation, aiming to achieve our ambitious goal of reaching zero emissions by 2050.”
France’s General Directorate of Armaments (DGA) also conducted a successful test flight using SAF earlier this year.