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IAE Tests V2500 Engine with 100% SAF

Our Bureau - : Mar 18, 2024 - : 3:28 pm

IAE International Aero Engines AG (IAE) consortium, consisting of Pratt & Whitney, Pratt & Whitney Aero Engines International GmbH, Japanese Aero Engines Corporation, and MTU Aero Engines AG has recently conducted successful tests on the V2500 engine using 100% sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) at MTU Maintenance Hannover, Germany. The engine currently serves as the power source for the A320ceo family aircraft and the Embraer C-390 Millennium.

“This test with 100% SAF demonstrates that V2500 engines can continue contributing towards making aviation more sustainable in the decades ahead,” said Kim Kinsley, president, IAE AG, and vice president, Mature Commercial Engines at Pratt & Whitney. “With nearly 3,000 V2500-powered aircraft in service today, IAE recognizes our important role in supporting the industry’s goal to meet net zero CO2 emissions by 2050.” 

“We anticipate the majority of our eight IAE company shops will be prepared to use SAF in their operations in the next few years,” she added.

The test utilized 100% Hydroprocessed Esters and Fatty Acids Synthetic Paraffinic Kerosine (HEFA-SPK) fuel provided by Neste, showcasing a sustainable alternative to conventional jet fuels. Pratt & Whitney’s collaboration with the Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative (CAAFI) and ASTM International aims to establish future specifications for 100% SAF.

“MTU Maintenance Hannover is the first maintenance, repair and overhaul facility worldwide to carry out a 100% SAF test on a V2500,” said Michael Schreyögg, Chief Program Officer, MTU Aero Engines. “This test demonstrates our commitment to supporting greater use of SAF across both our entire network and the broader industry.” 

“We remain dedicated to working with IAE, suppliers and partners to ensure not only that our products are capable of operating with SAF but also that our maintenance, repair and overhaul infrastructure can support all operators and owners with their SAF testing requirements.”

The V2500 engine offers up to a 3% fuel burn and emissions advantage over previous-generation engines. Approved for operation with SAF blended at up to 50% with conventional Jet A and A-1 fuel, the engine has a 35-year history of reliable and efficient performance, catering to commercial, cargo, and military platforms alike.


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