KLM Launches Daily JFK-AMS Service Fueled by Cooking Oil

KLM Launches Daily JFK-AMS Service Fueled by Cooking Oil

Photo from Honeywell.
Photo from Honeywell.

KLM Airlines, the Dutch carrier, has recently announced that they will continue their successful flights from New York City’s John F Kennedy International Airport to Amsterdam Airport Schiphol in the Netherlands powered by Biofuel.

Americans are great at coming up with things to fry, so now KLM will use oil, specifically oil from Louisiana, to power trans-Atlantic (TATL) flights from JFK airport to Amsterdam Schiphol. The oil is waste oil that has been thoroughly used in cooking food in Louisiana-area restaurants, and it is converted locally and shipped to New York City to be used as fuel for the TATL flights.

The Boeing 777’s are fueled by a mixture of 25% spent cooking oil and 75% jet fuel. It is the first time a biofuel will be used on a regular trans-Atlantic commercial flights, though the airline has been using similar fuel on commercial flights within Europe since late 2011.

KLM is not doing this as a cost-cutting measure; the cooking-oil-based fuel costs approximately $10 (USD) per gallon, about 3 times the cost of normal jet fuel. However, the fuel from cooking oil can reduce carbon emissions by up to 80%.

Executives at the airline are hoping that increased implementation and usage of the biofuel will lead to lower prices, greater sustainability, and a decreasing dependency on petroleum.

Read more from the NY Post article.

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Christian "Krzysiek" Eilers is a twenty-something who constantly likes to look up the next flight out of JFK. His life goal is to visit every country in the world; as a young adult working full-time, he often settles on visiting the near countries of Central and South America and the Caribbean, knocking these off the list as it is less of a financial strain than Europe or Asia. Caffeine is his vice, and if he doesn't have a coffee in his hands, then it's probably a green tea. A native of New York City, when he is not traveling, he can find an abundance of cultural influences right in his own city, enough to keep him satisfied until the next country's beckon cannot be ignored any longer. He holds a cigarette in one hand while monitoring his Fitbit's heart rate with the other.


  1. For experiment purpose, Virgin’s eco-plane ran only three engine with that fuel & the other three engines were filled with standard jet fuel. In addition the Biofuel-powered engine was using a blend of conventional jet fuel & Biofuel: 80/20 in favor of the regular stuff. In sum 5% of the 49,000-lb (22,000 kg) fuel load consisted of the novelty: a special mix of coconut oil & oil from the Brazilian babassu plant, prepared by Seattle-based Imperium Renewable over the last 18 months & tested by General Electric Aviation in Ohio.:

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