KLM commences first biofuel flight schedule

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KLM makes checks on its biofuel engine

KLM has commenced its first flight schedule using biofuel between Amsterdam Schiphol and New York JFK.

Weekly services using the cooking oil fuel started last week and will operate every Thursday on a Boeing 777-200.

The carrier is the first to launch a regular service using sustainable fuel although other airlines are developing their own to reduce costs and help save the environment.

“I am proud that KLM is once again demonstrating its leading role in developing sustainable biofuel. For eight years in a row, KLM, together with Air France, has been sector leader on the Dow Jones Sustainability Index,” said Camiel Eurlings, managing director of KLM. “Alongside this biofuel series we are starting a study to further identify sustainability gains in fuel, weight and CO2 reduction throughout the entire flight process. We are striving to achieve the ‘optimal flight’ together with research institutes, suppliers, airports, and air traffic control.”

KLM had previously operated the longest biofuel flight from Amsterdam to Rio de Janeiro in June 2012.

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