Airbus A350-1000 Takes Flight with SAF at Singapore Airshow 2024

  • 19 Feb 2024

Airbus has brought its newest generation A350-1000 widebody aircraft to the Singapore Airshow. The aircraft is set to take part in the aerial display from February 20 to 22.

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For the flying demonstrations, the A350 uses a 35% blend of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) provided by Shell Aviation and certified according to the International Sustainability & Carbon Certification (ISCC) EU standards. The SAF was created through the HEFA-SPK method using feedstock such as used cooking oil and tallow. The refueling of SAF took place at Changi Airport, in collaboration with ST-Airport Services, Changi Airport Group, and SATS.

As a key factor in the aerospace industry’s decarbonization journey, SAF offers an 80% average reduction in carbon emissions throughout its life cycle compared to traditional fuels. Airbus aircraft are already capable of running on up to 50% SAF, which is a step closer to the goal to operate all Airbus aircraft with up to 100% SAF by 2030.

Equipped with advanced Rolls-Royce engines, the latest A350 model boasts a 25% decrease in fuel consumption and carbon emissions compared to previous-generation aircraft of similar size. This significantly contributes to industry efforts in reducing aviation’s environmental impact with every aircraft replacement.

Photo: Airbus

With a range of up to 9,700 nautical miles (18,000 km), the A350 holds the title of the world’s long-range leader and is already utilized by 40 airlines globally, including 17 in the Asia-Pacific region for intercontinental flights.

Singapore Airlines operates the A350 on the current longest commercial route between Singapore and New York. Orders from Qantas in Australia also aims to push the boundaries of non-stop air travel, including routes like Sydney to London.

At Singapore Airshow 2024, as one of the largest exhibitors, Airbus is showcasing its full range of products and services across commercial aircraft, helicopters, defense, and space sectors. Visitors can explore various displays, including an A330neo widebody aircraft, an A400M military airlifter, an H145M mock-up, and an exclusive ACH130 Aston Martin helicopter. Additionally, guests can get a closer look at the Republic of Singapore Air Force’s H225M helicopter and the A330 Multi Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) on display.

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