Latitude 33 Aviation, based in California, has taken delivery of the first Bombardier customer aircraft to fly away on sustainable aviation fuel (SAF). Latitude 33 Aviation will manage and charter the Challenger 350 business jet in Seattle, Washington, on behalf of the aircraft owner.
“We're excited about our continued relationship with Bombardier,” says Solomon Short, director of operations at Latitude 33 Aviation. “Our company is known for its exceptional service and seamless travel experience, so this factory-new delivery will help us continue to provide one of the best charter flight experiences, as well as help address the industry's environmental impact.”
Peter Likoray, senior VP of worldwide sales and marketing at Bombardier Business Aircraft, adds: “We are very pleased that the customer and Latitude 33 Aviation joined us in demonstrating that SAF can become a mainstream, drop-in alternative to traditional jet fuel for general aviation aircraft. We are actively promoting the use of SAF as a regular part of flying business aircraft, and Latitude 33 Aviation's trust as the first customer to fly away from our delivery centre on these fuels represents a turning point in the longstanding and industry-wide pledge to reduce CO2 emissions.”
Following the first shipment of SAF in Canadian history, the inaugural Bombardier customer aircraft to fly on SAF is the Challenger 350. In addition to reaching 300 deliveries faster than any other jet in the medium and large categories, the Challenger 350 aircraft recently demonstrated its performance and reliability by setting speed records for 10 key American city pairings in 20.5 hours. Its redesigned canted winglets cut down on drag, reducing fuel burn and its engines deliver increased thrust, contributing to the aircraft's fuel efficiency and lower emissions.
With half a dozen Challenger series aircraft in service, Latitude 33 Aviation manages one of the newest and largest fleets of light, mid-size and super mid-size aircraft in North America. The aircraft charter company's commitment to sustainable flying marks a significant milestone in the increased use of SAF throughout the industry, which follows Bombardier's inaugural shipment of SAF, a key pillar in the company's plan to secure long-term partnerships with fuel suppliers to deploy it worldwide.