Airbus has carried out its first A380 flight powered by way of 100% Sustainable Aviation Gasoline (SAF).
Airbus’ A380 take a look at airplane MSN 1 took off from Blagnac Airport, Toulouse, France at 08h43 on Friday 25 March. The flight lasted about 3 hours, working one Rolls-Royce Trent 900 engine on 100% SAF.
27 tonnes of unblended SAF have been supplied by way of General Energies for this flight. The SAF produced in Normandy, on the subject of Le Havre, France, used to be made out of Hydroprocessed Esters and Fatty Acids (HEFA), freed from aromatics and sulphur, and basically consisting of used cooking oil, in addition to different waste fat. A 2nd flight, with the similar airplane, is scheduled to happen from Toulouse to Great Airport, on 29 March to check using SAF all the way through take-off and touchdown.
That is the 3rd Airbus airplane kind to fly on 100% SAF over the process one year; the primary used to be an Airbus A350 in March 2021 adopted by way of an A319neo single-aisle airplane in October 2021.
Expanding using SAF stays a key pathway to attaining the trade’s ambition of net-zero carbon emissions by way of 2050. Key statistics defined within the Waypoint 2050 document point out that SAF may give a contribution between 53% and 71% of required carbon discounts.
All Airbus airplane are lately qualified to fly with as much as a 50% mix of SAF blended with kerosene. The purpose is to reach certification of 100% SAF by way of the tip of this decade.
The A380 airplane used all the way through the take a look at is similar airplane just lately published as Airbus’ ZEROe Demonstrator – a flying testbed for long run applied sciences instrumental to bringing the sector’s first zero-emission airplane to marketplace by way of 2035.