Come fry with me! Airline uses cooking oil to fuel transatlantic flights between New York and Amsterdam
- 25 per cent of the fuel on board 777 aircraft is made from old cooking oil from Louisiana
- Friday's flight to Amsterdam will be followed by a flight once a week for the next six months
- KLM has been using cooking-oil-based fuel on passenger flights in Europe since September 2011
- At $10 per gallon cooking oil is three times the price of regular jet fuel
The grease American's love to cook their french fries and chicken wings in, is now being used to power flights across the Atlantic.
The oil for the flight on KLM Royal Dutch Airlines comes from Louisiana and consists of waste oil left over from frying up spicey Cajun food.
The fuel is then brought to New York's JFK Airport to drive the engines of the Boeing 777 aircraft for flights from the Big Apple to Amsterdam.
Let's fry away! KLM Royal Dutch Airlines is using biofuel to run it's Boeing 777 from New York's JFK to Amsterdam Schiphol using leftover Louisiana cooking oil
Leftover oil from crawfish and catfish is refined at a plant near Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
A similar system is in place at the other end in Holland where oil from restaurants and food plants is used.
KLM Executive, Camiel Eurlings told the New York Post: 'I was with the guy fueling the plane this morning, and he said it smelled like fries.'
Fry up then fly up: CEO KLM Camiel Eurlings (L) and Schiphol airport CEO Jos Nijhuis (R) ride the fuel truck at JFK airport in New York. He says the fuel smelled like French fries
The eco-friendly jumbo jet is fueled by a blend of 25 percent cooking oil and 75 percent jet fuel. The flights will depart every week for the next six months.
The pilots say the cooking oil works like regular jet fuel and does not require any special treatment by airline flight and maintenance crews.
Jos Nijhuis, president of the Schiphol Group, a Dutch firm investing in the KLM flight series said it was just like any other regular flight: 'We came here on used cooking fat. The first question when we landed was, ‘Was it smelly?’ No, it wasn’t smelly,' he laughed.
Fill her up! The Boeing 777s are fueled by a blend of 25 percent cooking oil and 75 percent jet fuel.
It is the first time a biofuel will be used on a regular schedule on trans-Atlantic flights, although KLM has been using cooking-oil-based fuel on passenger flights in Europe since September 2011.
Although the fuel maybe greener, reducing carbon emissions by up to 80 percent, it's also more expensive - costing around three times the price of regular aviation fuel at $10 per gallon.
Fatty flier: It's the first time biofuels will be used on this wide-bodied Boeing 777 on a regular trans-Atlantic schedule
It might be some time before the fuel is used to run more planes on long-haul routes such as this.
Although New York restaurants turn over 50 million gallons of waste cooking oil a year, most of it goes towards powering diesel vehicles or used in home heating oil.
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