Pilatus Aircraft and European sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) technology developer Synhelion have launched a strategic partnership, with the Swiss airframer becoming a shareholder, reinforcing its commitment to the reduction of fossil-based fuels.

Synhelion—which has pioneered a process to use solar power to produce SAF—plans to begin construction next year in Spain on its first commercial-scale plant. Pilatus expects to use this “solar fuel” in its own fleet of PC-24 light jets and PC-12 turboprop singles before offering the fuel to its customers.

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