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Bristow arranges SAF-powered continental shelf flight
The company says that these first flights have given it the opportunity to demonstrate sustainable aviation fuel's capability and benefits in offshore transportation.
The S-92 refueled with SAF at Aberdeen airport.

Bristow Group has completed an offshore revenue flight using sustainable aviation fuel, marking one of the first SAF-powered flights to an offshore operation in the UK Continental Shelf (UKCS). The aircraft flew from Aberdeen to installations operated by BP.

As part of its strategic relationship with Air BP, Bristow used sustainable aviation fuel, fully certified to Jet A1 standards, as part of a demonstration utilising a Bristow S-92.

Further flights are scheduled over the next two weeks with a view to SAF being provided as an option to all Bristow clients in the future. Utilising SAF for operational flights is one of many global initiatives, including an increased use of electric-powered ground support vehicles at select operating bases, as part of the Bristow's efforts to significantly reduce its carbon emissions.

“These first flights have given us the opportunity to demonstrate sustainable aviation fuel's capability and benefits in offshore transportation and are a great first step in our path to reducing carbon emissions,” says Matt Rhodes, director at Bristow. “We look forward to maximising the positive benefits that sustainable fuel supply will provide for the environment, as well as developing a cost-effective and sustainable solution to help us achieve our operational and environmental goals. We've seen great enthusiasm for this initiative from colleagues across our business in our engineering, pilot and ground support teams and are proud to be able to take these first steps.”

Bristow is the world's largest helicopter operator and one of the UKCS' most active aviation providers, with a broad client base throughout the UK.

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