First Private Aircraft Fueled with SAF in Italy

 - December 28, 2021, 9:35 AM
A private jet managed by Directional Aviation subsidiary Sirio was the first GA aircraft to be fueled with sustainable aviation fuel in Italy, at Milan Linate Airport by Milano Prime. (Photo: SEA Prime)

Italy’s Milan Linate Airport is now the first in the country to fuel a business aircraft with sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), according to SEA Prime. The company's Milano Prime subsidiary manages the GA infrastructure at the city’s two airports (Linate and Malpensa).

The company obtained a load of blended SAF produced by Italian energy company Eni for use in fueling long-time tenant Sirio’s fleet of managed private jets. The company hopes to make the supply of SAF widely available to all business aviation operators at Milano Prime over the next few months.

The move is the latest in the company’s environmental initiatives, which have also included replacing its passenger shuttles and operational equipment with electrically-powered versions. It also plans to construct a green-hydrogen generating plant at Malpensa.

“We are really glad to have reached a new milestone for Milano Prime,” said CEO Chiara Dorigotti. “The decarbonization of our sector is certainly a priority for SEA Prime and for the SEA Group, as evidenced by all the initiatives to date, and we trust that availability of SAF in Italy will increase to respond to the ever-increasing demand from business aviation operators who want to achieve sustainability objectives.”