The Sustainable Flight Challenge was conceived by KLM employees and is organized by airline alliance SkyTeam. The aim is to learn from each other’s experiences in the field of sustainability and thus accelerate the process of making aviation more sustainable.
The flights to Edmonton and Porto are operated with the Boeing 787-10 and an Embraer 190, which are among the most economical aircraft in the KLM fleet. The fuel tanks contain 39 percent of biokerosene, or Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF).
In addition, new weight savings have been made on board, both in the cabin and in the cargo hold. The ideal flight route has been mapped out in the cockpit in collaboration with air traffic control. When loaded, the center of gravity has been optimized, which aids aerodynamics and saves fuel.
In total, about fifty existing and new initiatives have been applied to the two KLM flights. The various KLM divisions work together with Edmonton Airport, Schiphol, LVNL and engine manufacturer General Electric. KLM is examining the impact of new initiatives and whether they can be implemented in the short term.
The performance of the participating airlines is assessed by an external auditor. A six-member jury, led by former Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende, determines which airline has delivered the best performance in various categories. The results will be announced at the end of June.
Read an extensive article about The Sustainable Flight Challenge in the May edition of Luchtvaartnieuws Magazine.