(CNN) – Larger, wider, and more stable. The Airbus A380, an aerospace behemoth, has completed a test flight used in cooking oil.
The flight test ended three hours from Blagnac airport in Toulouse – Airbus’ France headquarters – on 25 March. It is powered by Sustainable Aviation Fuel, or SAF – which is mainly made with used cooking oil and saturated fats – and works on a Rolls -Royce Trent 900 engine.
Airbus followed with a second A380 flight, using the same cooking oil, on March 29, flying from Toulouse to Nice. The second flight was to focus on the use of the SAF during take -off and landing.
The fuel used was supplied by TotalEnergies, a company based in the Normandy region of France. It is made from Hydroprocessed Esters and Fatty Acids (HEFA), no odors and sulfur.
Airbus has tried to use SAF-powered aircraft for the past year, with an A350 tested in March 2021, and a single-aisle A319neo flying on cooking oil in October. The company hopes to ensure its aircraft will fly in the SAF by the end of the decade. Now, Airbus aircraft can use up to 50% SAF, combined with traditional fuel.
“Increasing the use of the SAF is an important way to meet the industry’s target of netzero carbon emissions by 2050,” Airbus said in a statement. According to the company, aircraft in the SAF can net between 53% and 71% of the carbon reduction required to achieve that goal.
Airbus plans to bring the world’s first zero-emission aircraft to market by 2035.
The SAF, which claims carbon neutrality due to the ingress of CO2 while its plants are growing, has been used in small numbers by some aircraft. But the high costs mean that the public will not be taken away anytime soon.
The world’s largest aircraft carrier, the A380 has been the most popular in recent years with some aircraft calling for time for their use, in part due to reduced fuel consumption. than today’s long -haul aircraft. Airbus has delivered the latest A380 to Dubai airline Emirates by the end of 2021.
Great photo: thanks Airbus