Last week, the 747-8 Freighter made history by making the first transatlantic crossing on biofuel. Now, a 737-800 owned by KLM wrote its own history. This week, KLM became the first airline to operate a scheduled commercial flight on bio-kerosene. That fuel was made from used cooking oil.
Flying into history… on cooking oil!
Flight KL1233 took off from Amsterdam Airport Schiphol bound for Charles de Gaulle in Paris carrying 171 passengers. KLM plans to operate more than 200 flights to Paris on bio-kerosene in September of this year.
Boeing has worked closely with engine manufacturers, regulatory and standards organizations, and airlines - including KLM — to make these kinds of flights possible and to enable regular use by all airlines. For this flight, a “no technical objection” evaluation was required for KLM’s 737-800. Boeing was happy to be able to support KLM in this historic flight. Once the new jet fuel specification is published in a few weeks, use of the new fuels will be fully approved for all users of Jet A/A1 fuel.
This week’s flight wasn’t the first time we’ve teamed up with KLM to showcase the latest trends in biofuel. Back in 2009, a KLM 747-400 flew a demonstration flight with one engine running on bio-kerosene. They decided to fill it up again, this time using bio-kerosene in both engines.
This innovation is very timely since the European Union is requiring airlines to cut carbon emissions by 3 percent on flights to the continent by late 2012. Over the longer term, this development will help the industry meet stated goals to achieve carbon neutral growth from 2020 and to continue to reduce the industry’s environmental footprint.
Congratulations to KLM for being one of the leaders in this new arena!