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KLM starts regular transatlantic flights using biofuels

On March 8, Dutch airline KLM initiated the first series of regular intercontinental flights powered by biofuels. The airline will run weekly flights every Thursday until August using a blend made up of 20 per cent used cooking oil derived fuel from Dynamics Fuel and supplied by SkyNRG. The biofuel being used on the flights is the first to be certified by the Roundtable on Sustainable Biofuels (RSB). The flights make up a program called ‘Optimal Flight’ that will continue through 2013 and includes research and testing in cooperation with Boeing of air traffic management procedures.

In order to finance the price gap with conventional jet fuel, KLM has launched with SkyNRG the “Corporate Biofuel Program” which provide KLM’s business customers with the opportunity to reduce their carbon footprint. This program initiated with seven corporate partners allows them to compensate for their air travel by contributing to the sustainable fuel cost for a portion of their total flight volume or on specific routes Instead of purchasing carbon credits to offset staff travel.

Ignaas Caryn, Director of Biofuels Strategy at KLM, indicated that KLM was in the process of creating a portfolio of partnerships to develop regional supply chains, including within Europe, covering different feedstock and technology pathways. KLM is looking for a one per cent blending target by 2015, or around 30,000 to 35,000 tons of jet biofuel from sustainable sources.

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Created at 18/03/2013 3:28 PM by NOVELLI, Philippe
Last modified at 11/10/2013 11:06 AM by NOVELLI, Philippe