KLM operated the longest biofuel flight so far today, flying from Amsterdam to Rio de Janeiro.
The Boeing 777-300 made the journey partially powered by a sustainable fuel made from cooking oil, developed by SkyNRG. The flight to Rio was intended to coincide with the Rio+20 sustainable development conference being hosted in the Brazilian city, and passengers onboard the aircraft included the Netherlands’ State Secretary of Infrastructure & the Environment, Joop Atsma.
“The KLM biofuel programme enables companies to join KLM and SkyNRG to demonstrate the leading position they occupy on sustainability. I call upon Dutch businesses to join in to accelerate the development of biofuels and to stimulate a sustainable economy. I will do everything in my power to ensure that from 2013 Dutch officials on government business will travel as much as possible on biofuel flights, including the government’s own aircraft,” Atsma said.