Cooking Oil Tested To Be Fuel For The Giant Airbus A380



The Airbus A380 aircraft completed a test flight powered by cooking oil. The Airbus A380 successfully flew for three hours from Blagnac Airport in Toulouse, Airbus headquarters in France, on March 25, 2022. Quoted from CNN, the aircraft is powered by Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF), which is mostly made from cooking oil waste and fat.


The aircraft was operating with a single Rolls-Royce Trent 900 engine. Airbus then followed up with a second A380 flight using the same cooking oil fuel on 29 March. Planes fly from Toulouse to Nice. The second flight was used to monitor the use of the SAF during takeoff and landing. The fuel is supplied by TotalEnergies, a company based in the Normandy region of France. SAF is made from Hydroprocessed Esters and Fatty Acids (HEFA) which are free from aromatics and sulfur.


Airbus has been testing SAF-powered flights over the past year. Previously there was the A350 to be tested in March 2021 and the single-aisle A319neo to fly on cooking oil in October 2021. Airbus hopes to obtain flight certification for its aircraft with the SAF by the end of the decade. Now, Airbus aircraft can be powered up to 50 percent SAF and blended with traditional kerosene.


“Increasing the use of SAF remains a key pathway to achieving the industry’s ambitions of net-zero carbon emissions by 2050,” Airbus said.


According to Airbus, aircraft with SAF can capture between 53 percent and 71 percent of the carbon reduction needed to meet 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 CO2 it absorbs when its organic matter is grown, is already used in limited quantities by some airlines, however, the price is still high and so is widespread use. cannot be expected shortly.


As the world’s largest passenger aircraft, the A380 has declined in recent years. Partly for the reason that it is less fuel-efficient than more modern long-haul aircraft. Airbus delivered its final A380 to Dubai airline Emirates in late 2021.


Recently, Airbus announced that the giant plane will be put into service to test experimental hydrogen-powered engines, another innovation aimed at making aviation less harmful to the environment.

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