Airbus and TotalEnergies Forge Strategic Alliance to Advance Sustainable Aviation Fuel

In order to address the issues associated with aircraft decarbonization, Airbus and TotalEnergies established a strategic partnership. With the goal of aviation becoming net carbon neutral by 2050, this partnership is seeking to help lower CO2 emissions in the industry, with Sustainable Aviation Fuels (SAF) playing a major role in this goal. In comparison to its fossil fuel counterpart, TotalEnergies’ SAF could decrease CO2 emissions by up to 90% throughout its life cycle.

TotalEnergies’ Contribution to Sustainable Aviation Fuels Supply

There are two primary areas in which Airbus and TotalEnergies will work together: 

First, Airbus will get more than half of its SAF requirements in Europe from TotalEnergies.

A research and innovation effort aimed toward developing entirely sustainable fuels that are compatible with the architecture of both present-day and future aircraft is the primary objective of the second area. They will also look into how the composition of sustainable aviation fuels affects non-CO2 impacts like contrails and the decrease of CO2 emissions.

Milestones in Sustainable Aviation

In order to further decarbonize the aviation sector, these efforts highlight Airbus and TotalEnergies’ shared goal of advancing SAF technology:

Since 2016, TotalEnergies has provided Airbus with the SAF needed for aircraft deliveries in Toulouse. Additionally, TotalEnergies provided the fuel for other initial SAF flights using Airbus aircraft. These include the first long-haul flight between Paris and Montreal on an A350 powered by French-produced SAF that took place in May 2021. The first H225 helicopter from the “Super Puma” family to fly with 100% SAF was in November 2021.

The first 100% SAF A321neo flight took place in March 2023.

Strategic Alliance Between Airbus and TotalEnergies for Decarbonization

TotalEnergies’ Chairman and CEO, Patrick Pouyanné, emphasized that developing sustainable aviation fuels is key to the company’s transition strategy. He expressed his satisfaction with how they will handle the problem of aircraft decarbonization collaboratively.

Pouyanné stated that TotalEnergies has been working hard to address the sector’s growing demand for a lower carbon footprint. He stated that the corporation had set an aim of producing 1.5 million tons of sustainable aviation fuels per year by 2030.

Guillaume Faury, CEO of Airbus, stressed the necessity of expediting the adoption of sustainable aviation fuels in order to fulfill the 2030 carbon emission reduction targets for aviation. He emphasized that the collaboration between Airbus and TotalEnergies demonstrated the dedication of aerospace manufacturers, significant energy providers, and suppliers to address this challenge. Faury emphasized Airbus’ commitment to meeting decarbonization targets and ensuring that aviation can continue to play an important role in society in the future.


The strategic partnership between TotalEnergies and Airbus is an important turning point in the development of eco-friendly aircraft fuel technologies. Both companies are actively supporting the aviation industry’s decarbonization efforts by using their knowledge and resources, which is a major step forward in the quest for a more eco-friendly future for air travel.

Last Updated on June 8, 2024 by News Editor

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