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International Aero Engines Successfully Tests V2500 Engine on 100 Percent SAF

International Aero Engines AG (IAE) has today announced the successful testing of the V2500 engine on 100 percent sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) at MTU Maintenance in Hanover, Germany.

IAE Successfully Tests V2500 Engine Using 100 Percent SAF - Courtesy Pratt & Whitney

On Monday (March 18, 2024), Pratt & Whitney announced that IAE has successfully tested the V2500 engine on 100 percent SAF at MTU Maintenance in Hanover, Germany.  International Aero Engines (IAE) is a multinational consortium comprised of Pratt & Whitney, Pratt & Whitney Aero Engines International GmbH, Japanese Aero Engines Corporation and MTU Aero Engines AG.  Currently, the V2500 engine powers the Airbus A320ceo Family, as well as the Embraer C-390 Millennium.

In Monday’s announcement, IAE AG’s VP – Mature Commercial Engines at Pratt & Whitney, Kim Kinsley, said,

“This test with 100% SAF demonstrates that V2500 engines can continue contributing towards making aviation more sustainable in the decades ahead.  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.”


Also commenting on the successfully V2500 engine test on 100 percent SAF, MTU Aero Engines’ Chief Program Officer, Michael Schreyögg, said,


“MTU Maintenance Hannover is the first maintenance, repair and overhaul facility worldwide to carry out a 100% SAF test on a V2500.  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 test was run with 100 percent Hydroprocessed Ester and Fatty Acids Paraffinic Kerosene (HEFA-SPK) fuel supplied by Neste.  This fuel is produced by hydrotreating renewable raw materials like waste oils of fats into aviation fuel.  The V2500 engine offers the most fuel-efficient powerplant in its class, delivering up to a 3.0 percent reduction in fuel burn and emissions versus previous generation engines, and is approved for operation on SAF blended at up to 50 percent with conventional Jet A and A-1 fuel.


A division of Raytheon Technologies Corporation (NYSE: RTX), Pratt & Whitney is a global leader in the design, manufacture and service of aircraft and helicopter engines and auxiliary power units (APUs) for commercial, military, regional, business and general aviation aircraft.  Pratt & Whitney is known for their innovative technologies such as the Geared Turbofan (GTF) commercial aircraft engine and the PW800 business jet engine.


Source: RTX/Pratt & Whitney


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