A319neo operates on 100 per cent SAF during test flight

Airbus, Dassault Aviation, ONERA, the French Ministry of Transport and Safran have conducted a successful test flight of a single-aisle aircraft running on unblended sustainable aviation fuel (SAF).

The test flight, which flew over the Toulouse region of France on 28 October, saw one CFM LEAP-1A engine of an Airbus A319neo test aircraft operate on the 100 per cent SAF.

Made from hydroprocessed esters and fatty acids (HEFA), the fuel consists of used cooking oils and other waste fats and is free of aromatics and sulphur.

Approximately 57 tonnes of SAF will be used during the entire test campaign.

The test was part of VOLCAN, a campaign with the ultimate goal of promoting the large-scale deployment of SAF and the certification of 100 per cent SAF for use in single-aisle commercial aircraft and the new generation of business jets.

Initial results from the ground and flight tests are expected in 2022.

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