This week, Emirates became the world’s first airline to operate an A380 demonstration flight using 100 per cent Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF).
Departing from Dubai International Airport, this historic flight launched using one of four engines powered on 100 per cent SAF, helping demonstrate its potential as a drop-in replacement that matches jet fuel’s technical and chemical requirements, according to a press release.
SAF can reduce carbon emissions by up to 85 per cent over the fuel’s life cycle when compared to conventional jet fuel, the airline says.
“Emirates is the first passenger airline in the world to operate an A380 with 100% drop-in SAF powering one of four Engine Alliance GP7200 engines. This is another proud moment for Emirates and our partners, as we put words into action with the research into and the trialling of higher concentrations of SAF to eventually lead to industry adoption of 100% SAF flying," said Adel Al Redha, chief operating officer at Emirates, in a statement.
"This marks another significant step in validating the use of SAF in one of the engines of the A380, a wide-body aircraft with four engines. The growing global demand for lower-emission jet fuel alternatives is there, and the work of producers and suppliers to commercialise SAF and make it available will be critical in the coming years to help Emirates and the wider industry advance our path to lower carbon emissions.”
Additionally, Emirates joined the UAE-based "Air-CRAFT" research initiative during the ICAO Conference.
This initiative is dedicated to developing and scaling Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) technologies.
Supported by the UAE Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure, Air-CRAFT focuses on critical research areas for advancing sustainable aviation practices, including environmental impact assessments and feedstock optimization.
The Emirates A380 demonstration flight comes as the aviation industry, international organizations, regulatory bodies and high-level officials driving policy-related decisions converge in Dubai for the Third International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Conference on Aviation and Alternative Fuels.