Safran runs helicopter engine using 100 percent sustainable fuel

September 10th 2021
100% incorporation of SAF will lower the carbon footprint of Safran engines and reduce CO2 emissions by up to 80%. Safran Photo


Safran Helicopter Engines has performed a world first at its Bordes facility (Pyrénées-Atlantiques, France):  A helicopter engine run on 100% sustainable aviation fuel (SAF). During the test, a Makila 2 ran on a biofuel produced by TotalEnergies from residues and waste from the circular economy, specifically used cooking oil.

Franck Saudo, CEO of Safran Helicopter Engines said, “After the first flight of a rescue helicopter using 40% SAF in June, and the fuel’s gradual introduction for engine tests at our sites, we are now taking a new step toward using fuel made entirely from renewable sources. These tests are a key step in the realization of future test flights with our helicopter partners. By expanding the use of sustainable fuels among helicopter operators and at our sites, we will significantly reduce CO2 emissions over the entire life cycle of our products”.


“By offering our customers like Safran sustainable aviation biofuels produced in France, we are meeting a strong demand from the aviation industry to reduce its carbon footprint. The development of biofuels is one of the main thrusts of TotalEnergies’ multi-energy strategy to meet the challenge of decarbonizing the transportation sector. This is fully in line with the Company’s climate change ambition of achieving carbon neutrality by 2050,” said Virginie Merini, senior vice president, renewable fuels at TotalEnergies.


This press release was prepared and distributed by Safran Helicopter Engines.

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