An Airbus A330 MRTT owned and operated by the U.K.’s Royal Air Force has performed a flight using only sustainable aviation fuel in both engines, paving the way for reducing carbon emissions from military aircraft fleets, Airbus SE said.
The Toulouse, France-based company
said the flight was the world’s first carried out by an in-service military aircraft running without using fossil fuel. It was also the first 100% SAF flight of any aircraft type carried out in the U.K. airspace, it said late on Friday.
The test, in which a U.K. Royal Air Force tanker conducted a 90-minute return flight in Oxfordshire, also involved fuel engine manufacturer Rolls-Royce
aviation division Air BP, Airbus said.
Sustainable aviation fuel, which is produced using waste-based feedstocks like cooking oil, reduces lifecycle carbon emissions by up to 80% compared to the conventional fuel it replaces, lessens the reliance on global supply chains and improves operational resilience by reducing the necessity for fuel resupplying, Airbus said.
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