On 16 May 2014, we launched a new series of flights using sustainable biofuel. For six months, 20 flights between Amsterdam and Aruba and Bonaire will be operated with an Airbus A330-200 powered by biofuel. This is yet another important step towards proving that more sustainable aviation is possible.
Following a demonstration flight in 2009, we operated more than 200 flights between Amsterdam and Paris using biofuel. The following year saw the longest ever “bioflight”, from Amsterdam to Rio de Janerio. In 2013 we operated a weekly flight between New York and Amsterdam using sustainable biofuel from March to August.
We can now add to the list a series of transatlantic biofuel flights to the Netherlands Antilles. We are leading the way, with Air France and our partners, to show that sustainable aviation is not a utopian dream, but truly the way to cut CO2 emissions. KLM has even set itself concrete targets: a 20% reduction in CO2 emissions by 2020 compared with 2009 levels. That is our ambition and perhaps explains why AIR FRANCE KLM currently tops the Dow Jones Sustainability Index for the 9th year in a row.
Who will win the Green Aruba Challenge?
Why Aruba and Bonaire? Because they have put sustainability high on their agendas. Under the heading “Green Aruba”, the island has set itself the target of becoming CO2 neutral by 2020. With KLM’s help, the island has set the Green Aruba Challenge to find promising sustainable solutions which can be implemented on Aruba. A wide variety of ideas have been submitted and the winner will be able to see their idea put into practice.