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KLM to operate biofuel flights out of Los Angeles

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines has signed a three-year contract for the supply of sustainable biofuel in Los Angeles. KLM will purchase sustainable biofuel for all its flights at this airport for a period of three years. The biofuel will be produced by the local biofuel refinery AltAir Fuels and supplied by SkyNRG.

Los Angeles is the world’s second airport that has incorporated biofuel into its regular refueling process. The airport in Oslo, Norway, was first to do so in March this year. KLM was also involved in that initiative.

Sustainable biofuel is currently one of the most effective ways to reduce CO2 emissions in the airline industry. Owing partly to the companies taking part in the KLM Corporate BioFuel Program, we have been able to take this step, giving a further impulse to the consistent production of biofuel.

—KLM President & CEO Pieter Elbers

The KLM Corporate BioFuel Program enables businesses to ensure that sustainable biofuel is used for a portion of their air travel. Participants pay a surcharge that covers the difference in price between sustainable biofuel and regular kerosene. In so doing, they set an example and actively help to make air transport more sustainable. The KLM Corporate BioFuel Program is partnered by ABN AMRO, Accenture, CBRE Global Investors, FMO, FrieslandCampina, Amsterdam Municipality, Heineken, Loyens & Loeff, PGGM, Perfetti Van Melle, and the Schiphol Group.

The biofuel is pumped directly into the airport fuel reservoirs, which also hold the airport’s conventional kerosene supply.

SkyNRG supplies the sustainable biofuel, which is made from used cooking oil by AltAir Fuels in Los Angeles. AltAir Fuels is the first and only refinery in the world that continuously produces biofuel for aviation, making it the first that supplies biofuel to the airline industry on a commercial basis.

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