MTU Maintenance has joined forces with LATAM, Latin America’s largest airline, to use sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) in test runs. A V2500 engine of the airline was recently tested at the MTU site in Hannover, Germany, with a 10% SAF fuel blend.
The fuel used is derived from waste fats, oils and lubricants and produces up to 80% less greenhouse gas emissions per gallon than paraffin over its entire life cycle. Thus, around 0.6 tonnes of CO2 were saved during the test run. In future tests, the SAF proportion will be increased to up to 50%, which is the maximum limit currently permitted.