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KLM starts a new series of long-haul flights on biofuels

On May 16, an Airbus A330-200 from KLM completed a 10-hour flight from Amsterdam to the Dutch Cari​bbean Island of Aruba using a 20% blend of alternative fuels made of used cooking oil. This flight was the first one of a series of 20 flights that will be carried out as part of the European project ITAKA.

The objective of the ITAKA​ collaborative project, supported by the European Union, is to develop a full value-chain in Europe to produce sustainable Synthetic Paraffinic Kerosene (SPK) at a large enough scale to allow to test its use in existing logistic infrastructures and in normal flight operations in Europe. 

The outcome of KLM flights will generate data such as engine and fuel systems performance as a result of the biofuel use. This data will be compared against standard fossil kerosene usage parameters in order to assess its behaviour and promote the use of biofuels in the aviation sector. For the next flights, the biofuel should progressively come from camelina sativa, an energy crop which is being currently grown and processed for this purpose in the context of ITAKA.

Including Airbus and SkyNRG, ITAKA (Initiative Towards sustainable Kerosene for Aviation) has 11 partners from eight European countries: SENASA, Neste Oil, Camelina Company España, Manchester Metropolitan University, RE-CORD, CLH, EPFL and Biotehgen, along with representation from Brazilian aircraft manufacturer Embraer.


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​KLM starts new series of long-haul flights on biofuels




Created at 20/05/2014 9:39 AM by NOVELLI, Philippe
Last modified at 12/06/2014 2:28 PM by NOVELLI, Philippe