Gulfstream G280 flies to Van Nuys, California with SAJF
The Gulfstream G280 made the four-hour, 49-minute trip from Savannah, Georgia to Van Nuys, California in four hours and 49 minutes, demonstrating the performance capabilities of SAJF.

Gulfstream Notches G280 City-pair Record using Biofuel

Gulfstream’s G280 recently set a city-pair record using sustainable alternative jet fuel (SAJF) while flying to California's Van Nuys Airport to participate in “Business Jet Fuel Green: A Step Toward Sustainability," an event held to promote the use of SAJF. The flight spanned 2,243 nautical miles, from Savannah, Georgia, to Van Nuys, California in 4 hours and 49 minutes. The G280's average speed was Mach 0.85 despite average headwinds of 76 knots.

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According to Gulfstream, that flight and a demonstration flight at Van Nuys were part of the company’s reaffirmation of its long-standing commitment to sustainability. “Gulfstream has been involved with SAJF since June 2011, when a Gulfstream G450 became the first business jet to cross the Atlantic on a blend of the fuel,” said company president Mark Burns. “Since then, we’ve taken ever-greater steps in supporting sustainability, including securing a dedicated supply of SAJF for our corporate, demonstration, and flight-test fleet.”

Gulfstream has flown 700,000 nautical miles using SAJF, Burns added, estimating this has saved more than 750 metric tons of carbon dioxide. “SAJF is not only better for the environment, but using this fuel to set city-pair records highlights its performance capabilities,” he added.

Gulftsream plans to begin offering SAJF to customers using its Long Beach, California facility this year. It will also use it for its large-cabin completions flights that depart from Long Beach Airport. Gulfstream has been using a 30/70 blend of SAJF and jet-A in its Savannah operations since 2016.

The city-pair record, the 64th for the G280, is pending U.S. National Aeronautic Association approval. Once it receives that nod, the record will be sent to the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale in Switzerland for world recognition.