4 JULY 2011


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Article from BTNews 4 JULY 2011

KLM flies on cooking oil

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines has become the first airline in the world to operate a commercial flight on biokerosene, which is produced from used cooking oil.  Flight KL1233 – a Boeing 737-800 – took off last Wednesday (29 June) at 12:30 from Schiphol bound for Paris Charles de Gaulle carrying 171 passengers.

This same raw material will be used in the flights scheduled for September.  The biokerosene was supplied by Dynamic Fuels via SkyNRG, the consortium co-founded by KLM in 2009 with the North Sea Group and Spring Associates.

State Secretary of Infrastructure and the Environment, Joop Atsma, was present for the flight’s departure.  He commented "It will be interesting to follow and stimulate the further development of bio-fuels.  In taking this step, KLM clearly shows the value of finding clever ways to use waste derived from producers and consumers.”  

KLM expects to make more than 200 flights from Amsterdam to Paris on biokerosene in September this year, Managing Director Camiel Eurlings has said.  With other airlines, including British Airways and Qatar Airways, also moving ahead with biofuel developments the airlines’ dependence of traditional oil related fuel acquisitions could be coming to an end. www.klm.com

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