KLM Royal Dutch Airlines operated today its first ever passenger flight powered by sustainable biokerosene.
According to the company, it has been involved in bio-kerosene research since 2007. Honeywell's UOP, whose process technology was used to produced the green fuel, said that one engine of the Boeing 747 used by KLM was powered by a fuel mixture consisting of a 50/50 mix of the green jet fuel and traditional petroleum-derived jet fuel.
Camelina oil was used for the production of the green fuel, said UOP.
"Camelina is an inedible plant that grows in conditions where other food crops cannot, is considered a sustainable, second-generation resource because its cultivation and harvesting do not tax valuable food, land or water resources."The flight took place at Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam. UOP said this is the first green jet fuel demonstration flight in Europe and the first test flight to carry a select group of observers.