An Airbus plane powered partly by used cooking oil has completed its first flight, the aerospace giant has announced.
The A380 jet took off from Blagnac Airport, in Toulouse in France, on Friday (March 25) and flew for about three hours.
The aircraft was operating one Rolls-Royce Trent 900 engine with 100% sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), Airbus said. SAF is non-fossil derived and is being used to replace traditional fuels in the aerospace industry in a bid to cut carbon emissions.
Some 27 tonnes of unblended SAF, which primarily consisted of used cooking oil as well as other waste fats, was used for the flight. The SAF was provided by French multinational integrated oil and gas company Total Energies and was produced in Normandy.
A second flight with the same aircraft is scheduled to take place from Toulouse to Nice Airport, on Tuesday (March 29) to test the use of SAF during take-off and landing.
This is the third Airbus aircraft type to fly on 100% SAF over the course of 12 months; the first was an Airbus A350 in March 2021 followed by an A319neo single-aisle aircraft in October last year.