Study reveals benefits of sustainable aviation fuel use

Airbus revealed in June 2024 that the world’s first in-flight study on the use of 100% sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) in both engines of a commercial aircraft shows a large reduction in contrail formation and its associated warming effects.

The research, a collaborative effort between Airbus, Rolls-Royce, the German Aerospace Center (DLR), and SAF producer Neste, marks the first time the effects of using this type of fuel in both engines of a commercial aircraft have been thoroughly examined while in flight. The results show significant reductions in both soot emissions and the formation of contrail ice crystals, which are known contributors to global warming.

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