Airbus is supporting the German Air Force in its long-term transformation to increase sustainability of its aircraft fleet, working with the Air Force towards providing the Luftwaffe with a technical allowance to commence national A400M flight trials with loads of up to 50% Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) in the near-term. SAF is a proven alternative fuel that can reduce life cycle CO2 emissions by up to 85% compared to conventional fuel.
By that, Germany, which has a total of 53 units on order, is becoming the first customer nation to launch a gradual transformation to SAF for its operational A400M fleet.
As a first step, in 2022, Airbus plans a test flight of an A400M aircraft with a fuel load of up to 50% SAF. This initial test flight will be conducted with one engine to better assess the aircraft’s overall behaviour. Upon successful completion of this one-engine flight, Airbus is expecting to continue with four-engine trials in 2023.
Once testing activities are completed on the basis of four engines, the A400M platform will formally be allowed for customers with access to 50% SAF.