News — 03.11.21
Safran Helicopter Engines has run a Makila 2 on biofuel produced by TotalEnergies. The 100 percent sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) was created from residues and waste and specifically used cooking oil.

Safran’s test campaign evaluated the operational impact of using only SAF on a helicopter engine. “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 since July, we are now taking a new step toward using fuel made entirely from renewable sources,” commented Franck Saudo, CEO of Safran Helicopter Engines. “This test campaign is a key step in the realisation of future test flights with our helicopter partners. The use of sustainable fuels among helicopter operators and at our sites is a promising lever to significantly reduce CO2 emissions over the entire life cycle of our products”.

Virginie Merini, Senior Vice President, Renewable Fuels at TotalEnergies said: “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 decarbonising the transportation sector. This is fully in line with the Company’s climate change ambition of achieving carbon neutrality by 2050.”