KLM Royal Dutch Airlines will send off Europe's first demonstration passenger flight fuelled by bio-kerosene on November 23.
KLM will operate a flight using Boeing 747equipment with a select group of passengers. One of the aircraftengines will be running on a fuel mixture made up of 50 percent biofueland 50 percent traditional kerosene.
"This is an important step on the road to completely sustainableaviation," said Peter Hartman, KLM president and chief executive.
He urged support from the business community, government and society to further stimulate the development of alternative fuels.
Along with Air France, KLM has been pioneering sustainabledevelopment in the airline industry. For instance this year, AirFrance-KLM topped the Dow Jones Sustainability Index for the fifth consecutive time. The European airline holding company is listed on the Euronext.
The Dutch wing of the Worldwide Fund for Nature also voted KLM its Business Partner of the year for 2009.
- Katrice R. Jalbuena