ITAKA and KLM perform the longest sustainable biojet flight program
Framed on ITAKA project, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines has launched
the first set of a program with 20 long-haul biojet flights using an Airbus A330-200 aircraft
, which will be the longest worldwide commercial flight program using sustainable aviation biofuel reported to date.
Departing from Schiphol airport (The Netherlands), the aircraft will fly to Aruba and Bonaire sustainable islands
in the Dutch Caribbean as part of an agenda of activities focused on sustainability.
The fuel to be used in the first flights consists of a 20% blend of Used Cooking Oil-based (UCO) renewable jet fuel
supplied by ITAKA partner SkyNRG and standard fossil kerosene. This blend is fully ASTM D1655 compliant and,
therefore, suitable for commercial flight operations. Progressively, the biofuel production for the next set of
flights programmed within the project is foreseen to come from an energy crop, Camelina sativa, which is being
currently grown and processed for this purpose.
In the end of June 2014, the Spanish leader in Camelina sativa cultivation for biofuel purpose, Camelina Company
Espana (CCE), has been involved in a technology's know-how transfer
towards the Romanian farmers. The meeting has been organized by CBM Biotehgen and UASMV Bucharest and nine farmers
from different geographical regions have honored the invitation. During the meeting, the CCE ITAKA representative has
presented the Camelina cultivation technology specific to the arid regions as found in Spain.