First biofuel-powered commercial flight

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines is taking a further step towards sustainable aviation. In September the Dutch airline will offer more than 200 flights between Amsterdam and Paris powered by a 50:50 blend of biofuel and normal aviation fuel.

Back in November 2009 KLM sent a Boeing B747 into the skies, one of whose engines ran on 50% biokerosene. “KLM demonstrated with this pioneering flight that passenger services are technically feasible with biofuel,” Managing Director Camiel Eurlings said. “Now, a year and a half later, KLM is launching commercial flights powered by biofuel generated from used cooking oil.” In addition to cooking oil there are various other raw materials that KLM can use for the biokerosene, providing they meet strict financial, technical and environmental criteria.

The biofuel is produced by Dynamic Fuels and supplied by SkyNRG, the consortium launched by KLM and North Sea Group and Spring Associates in 2009. SkyNRG is actively developing a sustainable production chain for aviation biofuels and is advised by a Sustainability Board consisting of the Dutch wing of the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF). KLM has been committed to developing sustainable biofuel since 2007. Together with Air France, KLM is also an industry leader in sustainable development in the aviation industry. Air France KLM has been sector leader of the Dow Jones Sustainability Index for six successive years.