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Sustainable Aviation Fuel: Airbus conducts flight fueled by cooking oil, fatty acids

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Airbus news release. The plane had one of four engines that used 100% Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF), which consists of a combination of cooking oils and fatty acids.

The flight took off from the Blagnac Airport in Toulouse, France, at 8:43 a.m. and returned safely, the company said. The SAF used to fuel the plane was produced in Normandy, France by TotalEnergies, a company that creates sustainable sources of energy for a global market, according to the company website.

The fuel was created from Hydroprocessed Esters and Fatty Acids (HEFA), which is free of aromatics and sulfur, according to Airbus.

This is the third flight an Airbus aircraft has executed using 100% SAF over the past year, the company said. The first flight was on an Airbus A350 in March 2021; the second flight was on an A319neo single-aisle aircraft in October 2021. "Increasing the use of SAF remains a key pathway to achieving the industry’s ambition of net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.

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