Dutch airline KLM to use old cooking oil as biofuel to fuel KLM flights to and from Paris

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  1. sobore
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    http://www.washingtonpost.com/world...and-from-paris/2011/06/22/AGfpLVfH_story.html

    Dutch airline KLM plans to use recycled cooking oil as biofuel to power flights to and from France in a move aimed at cutting carbon emissions.
    Starting in September, KLM will begin more than 200 flights between Paris and Amsterdam using biofuel made from used cooking oil, the company said Wednesday.

    KLM managing director Camiel Eurlings said in a statement the airline does not have to make any changes to its aircraft engines to use the new biofuel. The biofuel flights are intended to help reduce KLM’s carbon emissions while having a “minimum negative impact on biodiversity and food supply.”
    Air travel is responsible for about 3 percent of greenhouse gases, but their share of global emissions is rising rapidly.

    The European Union told airlines earlier this year they would have to cut their carbon emissions by three percent on flights to the continent in 2012 to fall within new pollution limits.
     
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    And the planes will have the lovely aroma of bitterballen and vlammetjes wafting through the air......
     
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    They have to acquire this used cooking oil from somewhere. How about if the airline goes into the fried foods business, and for every $1 paid towards YQ, we get a free doughnut?
     
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    Why just Paris?
     
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    Because food fried in Paris smells better than fish & chips fried in London. The smell of churros from Spain would be suitable.

    I'm not sure what to make of the phrase, "more than 200 flights between Paris and Amsterdam...." Per month? Or that's entirely all that's currently planned?
     
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    mmmmmmm doooonuuut....

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    It appears as if KLM has switched the tires on their jets to ones with whitewalls and red sprinkles.

    I just bought a small deep fryer this week. Can I trade in my used cooking oil for KLM miles or credits? I want to do my part to save the environment (while shortening my life with greasy foods).

    Also, how is the jet's range affected by the use of this alternative fuel?
     
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    They'll let you pay fuel surcharges by bringing a bucket or two of used fryer oil to the gate.
     
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    LOL on that one!

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    I'm no fool! You know that this is a consipracy, right? TSA will confiscate your used fryer oil for exceeding the liquid limits, give you a good rub down, and harass you for trying to bring in flammables. It's a grease trap!
     
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    CO tested biofuel a few years ago (not on a revenue flight). There was apparently some fuel savings.

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    Continental Test Pilot High on Weed
    "Continental Airlines Inc. ratcheted up the race to develop alternate fuel for passenger planes Wednesday as it successfully flew a Boeing 737 twin-engine jet powered partly by algae and weed."
     
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    Wonderful, now we’ll have people trying to open the windows to get a whiff!
     
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    At least they'll have something available to use as "massage oil" for the rub down.

    :D
     
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    When asked if Captain Marin or First Officer Chong would still be subject to federally mandated random drug screening during the flight phase of the test program, airline officials declined comment.

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    They need to add bumper stickers on their airplanes that look like this:
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