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Viking endorses SAJF for all its turboprops
VP of sales and marketing Robert Mauracher says that, given the longevity inherent in Viking's lineup of aircraft, it is important to consider operational constraints that may arise in the future, including fuel sources.

Viking Air Limited of Victoria, British Columbia, is now endorsing the use of sustainable alternative jet fuel (SAJF) in its family of utility aircraft equipped with turbine engines. The OEM says that the fuel offers a lower environmental impact while providing the same performance characteristics as Jet A.

SAJF is a completely transparent synthetic replacement to conventional jet fuel that can be used in any turbine-powered aircraft and is produced from non-petroleum components such as cooking oil, plant oils, solid municipal waste, sugars, purpose-grown biomass and agricultural residues.

The Viking aircraft that will benefit from the use and availability of SAJF include the PT6-powered DHC-2T Turbo Beaver, DHC-3T Turbo Otter, DHC-6 Twin Otter and DHC-7 Dash 7. The PW123AF-powered Canadair CL-215T, CL-415 and next generation Viking CL-515 aerial firefighter multi-role amphibian will also benefit.

“We view SAJF as a positive move towards a greener, more sustainable way of operating our aircraft for generations to come,” comments executive VP of sales and marketing Robert Mauracher. “With the demonstrated longevity inherent in our fleet of aircraft, it’s important to consider operational constraints that may arise in the future, including availability of fuel sources. Use of SAJF not only provides our operators with an alternative to Jet A that lowers environmental impact, it will also be available for the duration of the aircraft’s lifetime.”

Pratt & Whitney Canada's VP of sales and marketing Irene Makris adds: “Pratt & Whitney is proud to supply Viking with engines that run on sustainable fuel and we support their efforts towards greener operations. We are committed to ensuring that our engines are designed, produced and operated to minimise their environmental impacts throughout their life cycle.”

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