The Airbus H225 has made its first flight with one of its engines using only sustainable fuel (SAF) for the entire flight.
The test flight was carried out from Airbus Helicopters’ headquarters in Marignane, with the aim of assessing the impact of the undiluted biofuel on the helicopter’s engine and systems. The fuel used for the test flight was produced from cooking oil supplied by Total Energies. According to the manufacturer, it has a 90 percent lower carbon footprint than conventional fuel (over its entire life cycle – ed.).
Airbus Helicopters’ models are certified to use a half-and-half blend of conventional and sustainably sourced jet fuel already, but the manufacturer aims to go beyond this and eventually have its helicopters run on pure SAF fuel.