Gulf Air performs fly-past using sustainable aviation fuel

Aviation Updates Philippines – Bahrain's national flag carrier Gulf Air performed a low-emission fly-past during the opening race of the 2021 Formula 1 World Championship at the Bahrain International Circuit on Sunday, March 28, 2021.

The 20-minute fly-past, trackable on as flight GF-9787, was performed by a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner with registry A9C-FF. The Boeing 787 aircraft boasts superior fuel efficiency and reduced emissions, consuming 20% less fuel and producing around 20% fewer emissions than the aircraft they replaced in Gulf Air’s previous fleet.

On top of that, the aircraft was fueled by Neste MY Sustainable Aviation Fuel™, which boasts 80 percent lower greenhouse gas emissions compared to fossil jet fuels, to provide an immediate solution to reduce the carbon emissions of flying.

“Each year, Gulf Air takes great pride in being the title sponsor of the Formula 1 race at the Bahrain International Circuit. This year, we mark the beginning of the race with a truly special low commission flypast highlighting our future strategy to explore the use of Sustainable Aviation Fuel in our aircraft and standing by our commitment to reduce our carbon footprint,” Gulf Air Captain Waleed Abdulhameed Al Alawi, Acting Chief Executive Officer said.

“This very positive move is very welcome and shows the commitment of The Kingdom of Bahrain to deliver a more sustainable future for the country. This is another example of how new technologies can make a real difference to our sport and the wider world and is an important part of our plan to be Net Zero Carbon as a sport by 2030,” Stefano Domenicali, President and CEO of Formula 1, said.

Photo from Jan, Flickr