First Biokerosene Flight

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On June 29, 2011, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines became the first airline in the world to operate a commercial flight on biokerosene.

Flight KL1233 carried 171 passengers from Schiphol, Amsterdam, to Charles de Gaulle, Paris.  The Boeing 737-800 was operated on biokerosene made from cooking oil.

KLM recently announced that over 200 flights to Paris would use the same raw material by September 2011.

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

KLM claims to be open to using different raw materials as long as a range of sustainability criteria is met.  The carrier also says that all biofuels must not require any adjustments to aircraft engines or infrastructure.

The Inspectorate for Transport, Public Works and Water Management granted KLM permission to operate Flight KL1233.  Boeing was also closely involved in the process.  The fuel was supplied by Dynamic Fuels via SkyNRG, the consortium founded in 2009 by KLM, North Sea Group and Spring Associates.

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