Daher refuelled its display aircraft at the Paris Air Show with SAF


Kodak 100 and TBM static display at Paris Air Show 2023

The two aircraft Daher displayed at the recent Paris Air Show were refuelled with Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) blended Jet A.

The two airplanes – a Kodiak 100 and a TBM 960 – leased from Daher customers benefit from the availability of SAF-blended jet fuel at Paris-Le Bourget Airport, home of last week’s Paris Air Show.

The SAF at Paris-Le Bourget Airport was provided by TotalEnergies and is made from waste and residues sourced from the circular economy. It is produced in TotalEnergies’s French facilities of La Mède, South of France and Oudalle, Seine Maritime. TotalEnergies’ SAF allows up to 90% of reduction of C02 emissions, over its entire lifecycle analysis, compared with its fossil equivalent. The SAF used for these flights is blended up to 50% rate with Jet A1.

Daher’s flight operations – which include production, testing, training, maintenance and delivery/liaison activities from Tarbes-Lourdes-Pyrenees Airport – use a jet fuel blended with up to 50% of Neste MY Sustainable Aviation Fuel supplied by World Fuel Services.

Nicolas Chabbert, the senior vice president of Daher’s Aircraft Division, noted that the company is fully committed to the use of sustainable aviation fuels for the transition to low carbon emission aviation. However, the availability of such a fuel is still a challenge and he considers the ultimate goal is to make this renewable energy available everywhere.

Chabbert added: “The example we set to use SAF when it’s available is already inspiring despite high prices and tax differences. FlyingSmart, our TBM distributor in the UK & Ireland is using SAF at its Biggin Hill airport base. Avex, TBM distributor in South Western USA, is selling SAF at its Camarillo, California Fixed-Base Operation. And we expect other to the follow. The decarbonisation of aviation is definitely on the move.”