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First A380 powered by 100% Sustainable Aviation Fuel takes to the skiesToulouse, 28 March 2022 – Airbus has performed a first A380 flight powered by 100% Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF). Airbus’ A380 test aircraft MSN 1 took off from Blagnac Airport, Toulouse, France at 08h43 on Friday 25 March. The flight lasted about three hours, operating one Rolls-Royce Trent 900 engine on 100% SAF. (www.airbus.com) More...
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SAF was used in 1 of the 4 engines. The other 3 must have used conventional jet fuel. That's 25 % SAF powered in normal math. Only in Greta's meta-world would a headline claim 100% SAF.
I'll agree the phrasing is a bit sneaky - it's technically true that 100% of the 25% of the fuel is sustainable, but the phrasing "powered by 100% Sustainable Aviation Fuel" is kind of misleading.
Please don't make excuses for poor reporting. They just plain LIED like so many "journalists" and news sources do today!
"Journalists" aka "let me find stuff on Twitter and quote that as news"
I also agree, but the important part is that they made fuel that was 100% sustainable, even if they only put it in one of the engines. It's a much smaller leap to put that fuel in all four engines than it is to take a fuel source from 25% to 100% sustainability.
Im really disappointed with these SAF stories. Many of them make it seem like it's either a huge majority or the entire aircraft using it, when it's still just a small percentage.
From what I see with it is the huge amount needed to make this so. Cost is extremely high too due to what it takes start to finish in producing it. The source of it is second hand has to be gathered from the first use places that use cooking oils and such, taken to somewhere to refine and then shipped to wherever its needed. People think diesel and jet fuel is expensive now this stuff is going to cost possibly twice or more easy. Where I used to work we ran test bio diesel worked great but we could not without taxpayer, oh grants use it. These were public transit coaches by the way about fifteen years ago and its not any less expensive now. Smoke and mirrors.