Schiphol, Netherlands
Schiphol, Netherlands

Koninklijke Luchtvaart Maatschappij N.V. , best known by its initials KLM, is the flag carrier airline of the Netherlands. KLM's headquarters is in Amstelveen near its hub at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol. KLM operates scheduled passenger and cargo services to more than 130 destinations worldwide. It is the oldest airline in the world still operating under its original name. As of 2013 it had 32,505 employees.The merger of KLM with Air France in May 2004 formed the Air France-KLM Group, which is incorporated under French law with headquarters at Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport. Both Air France and KLM continue to fly under their distinct brand names as subsidiaries of the group. Air France and KLM are part of the SkyTeam alliance, the second largest in the world behind only the Star Alliance. Wikipedia.


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News Article | December 6, 2016
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SHANGHAI, Dec. 6, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- UnionPay International announced today that 600,000 more merchants in Europe are newly enabled to accept UnionPay this year. So far, more than 2.2 million merchants in 39 European countries and regions accept UnionPay, taking up 50% of all the merchants supporting bankcard payment. Since this September, UnionPay International has inked acceptance agreements with many institutions in Europe, including Swedbank, the largest acquirer in Sweden; ICCREA, a major banking group in Italy;Česká spořitelna, the largest commercial bank in the Czech Republic; Unicre, the largest acquirer in Portugal; B+S and CardProcess, two major acquirers in Germany, and NGB, one of the four major banks in Greece. UnionPay's acceptance network in Europe is expanding rapidly. Now, UnionPay is accepted by almost all ATMs in Switzerland, Austria and Iceland, and over 50% of merchants in Switzerland. In Italy, over 80% of ATMs and 50%of merchants accept UnionPay, and this coverage is expected to rise to 60% next year. In Spain, 80% of ATMs and 70% of merchants accept UnionPay. All ATMs and merchants with POS terminals in Greece will accept UnionPay next year. UnionPay is accepted at department stores, duty-free stores, brand stores, hotels, restaurants, historical and cultural sites, and entertainment establishments, for example at the bookstore and gift store of renowned museums of Louvre, Versailles, Orsay, Picasso, and Strasbourg Citrus Orchard. Last month Louvre Hotels Group enabled 23 Paris hotels most popular among Chinese tourists to accept UnionPay, and will enable all of its 200 self-operated hotels in France to accept UnionPay at the beginning of 2017. With the optimization of UnionPay's acceptance environment and service system in Europe, UnionPay cards are frequently used in Europe not only by the Chinese, but also by more and more cardholders outside mainland China. According to the latest data, UnionPay cards issued in about 30 countries and regions are frequently used in the Europe this year. In addition, UnionPay is accepted online, especially in the fields of transportation and education. European airlines, such as Air France, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Deutsche Lufthansa, Finnair, Ukraine International Airlines and Scandinavian Airlines, support online ticket booking with UnionPay cards. Independent travelers may also use UnionPay cards to purchase Eurail Pass online. More than 100 universities in the UK, France, Switzerland and Czech support online tuition payment with UnionPay cards.


News Article | December 7, 2016
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SHANGHAI, 7 décembre 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- UnionPay International a annoncé aujourd'hui que 600 000 commerces supplémentaires en Europe ont activé UnionPay cette année. À présent, plus de 2,2 millions de commerces dans 39 pays et régions d'Europe acceptent le paiement par carte bancaire UnionPay, soit 50 % de l'ensemble des commerces. Depuis septembre, UnionPay International a conclu des accords d'acceptation bancaire avec de nombreuses institutions en Europe, dont Swedbank, le plus grand acquéreur de Suède ; ICCREA, un groupe bancaire de première importance en Italie, Česká spořitelna, la plus grande banque commerciale de République tchèque ; Unicre, le plus grand acquéreur du Portugal ; B+S et CardProcess, deux importants acquéreurs en Allemagne ; et NGB, l'une des quatre plus grandes banques de Grèce. Le réseau d'acceptation bancaire d'UnionPay en Europe se développe rapidement. Désormais, UnionPay est acceptée par la quasi-totalité des DAB en Suisse, en Autriche et en Islande et par plus de 50 % des commerces en Suisse. En Italie, plus de 80 % des DAB et 50 % des commerces acceptent UnionPay ; la couverture devrait atteindre 60 % l'an prochain. En Espagne, 80 % des DAB et 70 % des commerces acceptent UnionPay. Tous les DAB et les commerces disposant de terminaux de paiement en Grèce accepteront UnionPay l'année prochaine. UnionPay est acceptée dans les grands magasins, les boutiques hors taxes, les boutiques de marques, les hôtels, les restaurants, les sites historiques et culturels et les établissements de loisirs, par exemple dans les librairies et boutiques souvenirs des célèbres musées du Louvre, de Versailles, d'Orsay, Picasso et du Parc de l'Orangerie à Strasbourg. Le mois dernier, le groupe Louvre Hôtels a autorisé 23 hôtels parisiens particulièrement populaires parmi les touristes chinois à accepter UnionPay et permettra à l'ensemble de ses 200 hôtels gérés de manière indépendante en France à accepter UnionPay début 2017. Avec l'optimisation du cadre d'acceptation bancaire et du système de services d'UnionPay en Europe, les cartes UnionPay ne sont pas seulement utilisées par des Chinois, mais également par un nombre croissant de titulaires de la carte en dehors de la Chine continentale. Selon les dernières données, les cartes UnionPay émises dans environ 30 pays et régions sont fréquemment utilisées en Europe cette année. En outre, UnionPay est acceptée en ligne, en particulier dans les domaines du transport et de l'éducation. Des compagnies aériennes européennes, comme Air France, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Lufthansa, Finnair, Ukraine International Airlines et Scandinavian Airlines, acceptent la réservation de billets en ligne avec la carte UnionPay. Les voyageurs indépendants peuvent également payer le Pass Eurail en ligne avec la carte UnionPay. Plus de 100 universités au Royaume-Uni, en France, en Suisse et en République tchèque acceptent le paiement en ligne des frais de scolarité avec la carte UnionPay.


News Article | December 6, 2016
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SHANGHAI, 6. Dezember 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- UnionPay International kündigte heute an, dass dieses Jahr 600.000 weiteren Händlern in Europa erstmals ermöglicht wurde, UnionPay zu akzeptieren. Bislang akzeptieren über 2,2 Millionen Händler in 39 europäischen Ländern und Regionen UnionPay, was 50 % aller Händler entspricht, die Kartenzahlung unterstützen. Seit September hat UnionPay International Akzeptanzverträge mit vielen Institutionen in Europa unterzeichnet, einschließlich Swedbank, der größte Erwerber in Schweden; ICCREA, eine große Bankengruppe in Italien; Česká spořitelna, die größte Geschäftsbank in der Tschechischen Republik; Unicre, der größte Erwerber in Polen; B+S und CardProcess, zwei wichtige Erwerber in Deutschland; sowie NGB, eine der vier wichtigsten Banken in Griechenland. UnionPays Akzeptanznetzwerk in Europa dehnt sich rapide aus. Mittlerweile wird UnionPay an allen Geldautomaten in der Schweiz, Österreich und Island akzeptiert, sowie von über 50 % der Händler in der Schweiz. In Italien akzeptieren über 80 % aller Geldautomaten und 50 % der Händler UnionPay, wobei davon ausgegangen wird, dass diese Abdeckungsrate im folgenden Jahr auf 60 % steigt. In Spanien wird UnionPay von 80 % der Geldautomaten und 70 % der Händler akzeptiert. In Griechenland werden alle Geldautomaten und Händler mit POS-Terminal ab nächstem Jahr UnionPay akzeptieren. UnionPay wird in Kaufhäusern, Duty Free-Läden, Markengeschäften, Hotels, Restaurants, historischen und kulturellen Stätten sowie Unterhaltungseinrichtungen, wie z.B. im Buchladen und Souvenirgeschäft der bekannten Museen Louvre, Versailles, Orsay, Picasso und dem Strasbourg Citrus Orchard, akzeptiert. Im letzten Monat ermöglichte die Louvre Hotels Group, dass 23 Pariser Hotels, die bei chinesischen Touristen besonders beliebt sind, UnionPay akzeptieren, und wird dies Anfang 2017 auch in seinen 200 selbstbetriebenen Hotels in Frankreich geltend machen. Durch ein optimiertes UnionPay-Akzeptanzumfeld sowie Servicesystem in Europa werden UnionPay-Karten in Europa nicht nur regelmäßig von Chinesen, sondern auch zunehmend von Karteninhabern außerhalb von Festland-China benutzt. Laut der aktuellsten Daten werden UnionPay-Karten, die in 30 Ländern und Regionen ausgestellt werden, dieses Jahr regelmäßig in Europa eingesetzt. Zusätzlich wird UnionPay online akzeptiert, insbesondere für die Bereiche Transport und Bildung. Europäische Fluggesellschaften, wie Air France, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Deutsche Lufthansa, Finnair, Ukraine International Airlines und Scandinavian Airlines, unterstützen die Online-Buchung mit UnionPay-Karten. Unabhängige Reisende können UnionPay-Karten ebenfalls nutzen, um online Eurail-Tickets zu kaufen. Über 100 Universitäten in Großbritannien, Frankreich, der Schweiz und in der Tschechischen Republik unterstützen die Online-Zahlung von Studiengebühren mit UnionPay-Karten.


News Article | September 9, 2016
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« Air pollution exposure found to be risk factor for type 2 diabetes | Main | Dalhousie team explores impact of different electrolyte solvents and electrolyte additives on high-voltage Li-ion cells » KLM Royal Dutch Airlines has signed a three-year contract for the supply of sustainable biofuel in Los Angeles. KLM will purchase sustainable biofuel for all its flights at this airport for a period of three years. The biofuel will be produced by the local biofuel refinery AltAir Fuels and supplied by SkyNRG. Los Angeles is the world’s second airport that has incorporated biofuel into its regular refueling process. The airport in Oslo, Norway, was first to do so in March this year. KLM was also involved in that initiative. Sustainable biofuel is currently one of the most effective ways to reduce CO emissions in the airline industry. Owing partly to the companies taking part in the KLM Corporate BioFuel Program, we have been able to take this step, giving a further impulse to the consistent production of biofuel. The KLM Corporate BioFuel Program enables businesses to ensure that sustainable biofuel is used for a portion of their air travel. Participants pay a surcharge that covers the difference in price between sustainable biofuel and regular kerosene. In so doing, they set an example and actively help to make air transport more sustainable. The KLM Corporate BioFuel Program is partnered by ABN AMRO, Accenture, CBRE Global Investors, FMO, FrieslandCampina, Amsterdam Municipality, Heineken, Loyens & Loeff, PGGM, Perfetti Van Melle, and the Schiphol Group. The biofuel is pumped directly into the airport fuel reservoirs, which also hold the airport’s conventional kerosene supply. SkyNRG supplies the sustainable biofuel, which is made from used cooking oil by AltAir Fuels in Los Angeles. AltAir Fuels is the first and only refinery in the world that continuously produces biofuel for aviation, making it the first that supplies biofuel to the airline industry on a commercial basis.


The jet biofuel was launched during a public event on 22 January, hosted by the Norwegian Minister of Transport, Ketil Solvik Olsen, and hosted by Avinor, the Norwegian airport operator. The agreement to use the fuel at Oslo Gardermoen Airport is the result of a collaborative effort between ITAKA (Initative Towards Sustainable Kerosene for Aviation) project partner SkyNRG, Avinor and Air BP. Produced within the framework of the ITAKA project, the jet biofuel is made from camelina oil that is RSB certified and has received a positive seal of approval from SkyNRG's sustainability board. The fuel will be supplied directly into Oslo's existing fuel hydrant system.The airport's common storage and distribution system will be used, negating the need for a separate segregated infrastructure. All airlines using Oslo Airport have been given the opportunity to use the fuel, with the Lufthansa Group being the first airline to confirm that they would be doing so in future. Following Lufthansa's announcement, the joint national Scandinavian airline SAS and KLM Royal Dutch Airlines (an ITAKA consortium partner) have also committed to purchasing the jet biofuel. ITAKA partners hope that this will be the first step in the wider adoption of biofuel by other airlines and airports worldwide. Previously, airlines that wished to use alternatives to traditional standard jet kerosene had to have it specially brought in with a tanker truck equipped with a fuelling hydrant, increasing costs to airlines. With the fuel at Oslo being delivered through the normal supply mechanism, it has been demonstrated that biofuel can use existing physical infrastructure, significantly reducing logistical costs. The use of camelina oil ITAKA researchers see camelina oil as the best available sustainable feedstock that can be easily produced in Europe in order to meet expected demand for jet biofuel. Crucially for making the uptake of biofuel more attractive, no aircraft modifications are required, as it is converted into drop-in aviation fuel through a hydroprocessed esters and fatty acids (HEFA) pathway. The project is utilising four camelina plantations in Spain and these are complemented by smaller plantations in Romania. The fuel itself is refined in Finland by ITAKA project partner Neste. The ITAKA project aims to make a substantial contribution to the airline industry's commitment to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions and comply with international climate agreements. The EU has set itself the target of having 3.5 % of all airlines running on be biofuel by 2020. If more European airports adopt the Oslo integrated system championed by ITAKA, then this could indeed be a very realistic ambition. Explore further: KLM to turn used cooking oil into aviation biofuel More information: For more information please see the ITAKA project website: www.itaka-project.eu/default.aspx


News Article | December 6, 2016
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The route development consultancy Airport Strategy and Marketing (ASM) has worked with the Colombian city of Cartagena to secure its only direct route to Europe. Today (6 December) KLM Royal Dutch Airlines has announced that it will introduce flights from Amsterdam to Cartagena's Rafael Núñez International Airport in March 2017. It will be the first time that Cartagena has had a non-stop link to Europe in ten years. ASM has been working closely with airport operator Sociedad Aeroportuaria de la Costa (SACSA) and Cartagena Tourism for a number of years to gain a European route. The strategic advice, traffic forecasting and business case development support from ASM culminated in KLM Royal Dutch Airlines' decision to launch a thrice weekly Amsterdam service which will be operated by a Boeing 787-9 aircraft. ASM consultant Omar Hashmi said: "ASM forecasts and market analytics have been pivotal in the decision to launch the Amsterdam to Cartagena route. We expect the increase in the number of European arrivals to Cartagena to stimulate tourism and this will have a significant impact on the local economy. We look forward to working with KLM to make the route a success." Maria Claudia Gedeon, corporate affairs manager at SACSA, said: "We are very excited about this new commercial route to Amsterdam which will be our only direct connection with Europe. The expertise of ASM on the market, route forecasting and what airlines require has been greatly appreciated in delivering this new route to Cartagena." ASM has also played an important role in delivering another three international air services to Cartagena in the past few years - JetBlue Airways from Fort Lauderdale, Delta Air Lines from Atlanta and most recently LATAM Airlines to Lima, Peru, which launches in January 2017. More information is available about ASM at: http://www.asm-global.com/ For further information please contact: Vicky Aitken Marketing Manager Vicky.Aitken@ubm.com 0161 234 2761


News Article | November 6, 2015
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The possibility that Islamic terrorists smuggled a bomb onto a Russian jet flying home from Egypt highlights a new area of worry for aviation security: the insider threat. Instead of focusing on a small cadre of al-Qaeda forces trying to place explosives on planes, aviation security agencies may have to defend against far greater numbers of radicalized enemies -- including some who may be working at airports -- if suspicions about the crash prove true, according to a U.S. Congressman and two former security officials. Growing evidence suggests sympathizers of ISIS, an acronym for the Islamic State that is fighting against governments in Iraq and Syria, smuggled an explosive device aboard an Airbus A321 operated by Russian’s Metrojet that blew it up on Oct. 31, according to Representative Peter King, a New York Republican who serves on the House intelligence committee. The crash killed all 224 aboard. "It’s a hell of a wake-up call," King said. "It’s one that we should take advantage of to alert everyone of what can happen. This can happen anywhere in the world." John Halinski, a former chief of the U.S. Transportation Security Administration’s foreign operations, said that “If they decide that this is ISIS and this was a bomb on the aircraft, this creates a new threat to aviation.” Adding to the threat, Islamic State has lured thousands of westerners to the Middle East to join its fight or to receive terror training. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security plans as soon as Friday to announce enhanced security for U.S. airline flights operating internationally, according to a person familiar with the action who wasn’t authorized to speak about it. The person declined to specify what measures the agency would take and DHS often doesn’t disclose security actions. The manifest on the Metrojet flights hasn’t shown any passengers had a connection to terrorism, meaning "the odds are overwhelming" that an airport insider was involved, King said. Smaller airports around the world, including Egypt’s Sharm el-Sheikh International Airport, departure point for the doomed Metrojet plane, often lack rigorous screening for workers and have poor internal security measures, said Halinski. He was TSA’s deputy administrator for two years and is now a consultant, previously oversaw the agency’s inspections of security measures outside the U.S. Airport employees in the U.S. must renew security credentials as often as every six months, Halinski said. By contrast, outside of the U.S., Canada and Europe, airport workers only need to get background checks reviewed every five years. Other measures, such as performing random spot checks on workers, also aren’t enforced overseas, he said. Another senior U.S. lawmaker said an attack motivated by Islamic State should prompt a review of aviation security. “If it turns out to have been a terrorist attack, we will have to, I think, do a fresh look at airport security around the world and what steps should be taken to improve that security,” said Representative Adam Schiff of California, the top Democrat on the House intelligence committee. “I don’t know if it is a management problem or a training issue or technological challenge.” It also may be “a grave indication” that ISIS has developed much broader abilities to carry out attacks, Schiff said. President Barack Obama on Thursday said the U.S. hasn’t made a determination on whether there was a bomb on the Metrojet plane. “It is certainly possible that there was a bomb on board,” Obama said in an interview with Seattle radio station KIRO. White House press secretary Josh Earnest said an “ongoing process” was under way at the Department of Homeland Security, which oversees the TSA, to review “a number of different steps we can take to enhance security for commercial flights bound for the United States from certain foreign airports.” When new security measures are finalized, the government will work with air carriers and foreign governments to implement them, Earnest said. Airlines, meanwhile, have begun taking their own measures in the wake of the bombing reports. Air France-KLM’s KLM Royal Dutch Airlines said Thursday it would prohibit passengers flying out of Cairo to check luggage, according to a statement. Only carry-on bags will be allowed, the airline said. The primary worry when it came to smuggling explosives onto a plane in recent years has been al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, a militant group based in Yemen. Still, while the group possesses sophisticated bomb-making abilities, AQAP operates in a limited geographic region and has relatively few members, compared with Islamic State. Verification of a new aircraft bombing would be a reminder that the aviation sector remains a prime target for terrorists, said Rick Nelson, a fellow at the Washington-based Center for Strategic and International Studies’ Homeland Security and Counterterrorism Program. “These terrorist groups are going to target aviation and we can’t let our guard down about these types of attacks,” Nelson said. Halinski said that while the worry over Islamic State-inspired plots is greatest at airports in hot spots such as Egypt, facilities in the U.S. and Europe aren’t immune to inside plotters. The TSA may want to increase its security reviews of airport workers, said Halinski. Currently, most employees at airports don’t undergo physical screening when they enter sensitive airport grounds. If the bombing is verified, the U.S. should "certainly start checking out employees more" at U.S. airports, King said. The screenings should apply to everyone working at the airports, he said. With commercial airports employing tens of thousands of workers, from cleaning crews to aircraft food vendors, the task of monitoring them more closely would add costs as well as complexity to airport security, he said. “It’s very, very difficult to mitigate that type of threat,” Halinski said.


News Article | November 4, 2016
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From left, Henne Schuwer, ambassador of the Netherlands to the United States (center) and Miami-Dade Aviation Department Chief of Staff Joseph Napoli to his left along with KLM and MIA representatives We welcome KLM and its award-winning service back to MIA. Their three weekly flights to Amsterdam will provide more options for travelers between our two busy markets, and further expand our growing network throughout Europe. On November 1, officials from Miami International Airport, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines and the Dutch government welcomed KLM back to MIA, when the airline began three weekly flights from Amsterdam. Through June 2017, KLM will operate flights on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays between MIA and its Schiphol Airport hub on Airbus A330-200 aircraft, which feature 30 seats in World Business Class and 213 seats in Economy Class. The seasonal service is a return to MIA for KLM, which last served the global gateway in 2011. Amsterdam is the capital and most populous city of the Netherlands, as well as one of the top financial centers in Europe. KLM merged with Air France in 2004 to form the Air France-KLM Group, one of Europe’s leading airline partnerships. KLM will join Arkefly as the second airline to provide service from Miami to Schiphol. “We welcome KLM and its award-winning service back to MIA,” said Miami-Dade Aviation Director Emilio T. González. “Their three weekly flights to Amsterdam will provide more options for travelers between our two busy markets, and further expand our growing network throughout Europe.”


News Article | April 1, 2016
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« New energy-efficient process for direct conversion of biomass without pretreatment to liquid hydrocarbon fuels | Main | SAE International publishes two standards for vehicle-to-vehicle communications » KLM Royal Dutch Airlines has launched a series of around 80 biofuel flights from Oslo to Amsterdam operated with an Embraer 190. The remaining flights will be operated over the forthcoming period of five to six weeks. Embraer will be conducting measurements during these flights to gauge the efficiency of biofuel in comparison with kerosene. The flights will depart from Oslo Airport (Avinor), the first airport to supply biofuel directly from its hydrant system since January this year. In addition to biofuel supplied from the hydrant system, biofuel will also be delivered by separate fuel trucks for the series of flights operated by KLM Cityhopper. Biofuel has to be supplied by fuel trucks for these flights in order to measure the efficiency of biofuel in comparison with kerosene during the Embraer flights. The biofuel batch for these flights was produced within the ITAKA (Initiative Towards SustAinable Kerosene for Aviation) project and supplied by Air BP and SkyNRG. The biofuel for this series of flights is produced from 100% RSB (Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials) certified camelina oil and in full compliance with the EU RED standard. The ITAKA consortium was founded by leading companies operating in the airline and fuel industries. Together, they are working on producing and testing sustainable biofuel in the airline industry. In achieving this goal, they receive financial support from the European Commission. The biofuel flights are partly funded by the partners in the KLM Corporate BioFuel Program: ABN AMRO, Accenture, CBRE Global Investors, FMO, FrieslandCampina, City of Amsterdam, Heineken, Loyens & Loeff, PGGM, Perfetti Van Melle and the Schiphol Group. KLM’s aim is to reduce CO emissions by 20% per passenger in 2020 (compared to 2011 levels) through fleet renewal, using sustainable biofuel and increasing flight efficiency. Because affordable sustainable biofuel is not always available, KLM also aims to stimulate the market for sustainable biofuel. KLM’s recent inclusion of the E175 from Embraer in its fleet ties in with the airline’s aim to further reduce CO2 emissions. This aircraft type is significantly more fuel-efficient in comparison with the current Fokker 70 equipment, and is therefore more environmentally friendly. Using 18% less fuel, it also generates an 18% reduction in CO emissions.


« Tesoro to support development of renewable biocrude for its refineries; Fulcrum, Virent, Ensyn partners | Main | New QNX software platform enables ADAS and automated driving » In a first for commercial aviation, Air BP, together with Norwegian airport operator Avinor, and sustainable biofuel specialist SkyNRG, announced that all airlines landing at Oslo Airport can have jet biofuel delivered from the airport’s main fuel farm, via the existing hydrant mechanism. Lufthansa Group was the first airline to confirm that it will uplift the Air BP aviation biofuel at Oslo, and began by refueling an Airbus A320 aircraft. Further airlines including Scandinavian national carrier SAS and KLM Royal Dutch Airlines confirmed they will also purchase jet biofuel at Oslo. Air BP anticipates this will lay the foundations for the increased adoption worldwide of jet biofuel supply. Air BP has worked closely with Avinor to reach the milestone, and has agreed to provision of a minimum of 1.25 million liters (330,215 gallons) of jet biofuel. Avinor will also support Air BP in its assessment of market demand. The initiative has been driven by the requirement for the aviation industry to work towards a sustainable, low-carbon future. It acknowledges the International Air Transport Association’s (IATA) aim to achieve carbon neutral growth by 2020 and a 50% reduction in carbon emissions by 2050. Air BP’s Biojet initiative further responds to the EU goal to ensure 3.5% of total aviation fuel consumption consists of jet biofuel by 2020. Growing consumer awareness for responsible aviation practice also underpins the move towards jet biofuel supply. Working with experts from SkyNRG, Air BP sourced the initial batch of drop-in Biojet from Neste’s Porvoo refinery in Finland. The Biojet is produced from Camelina oil within the framework of the demonstration project ITAKA, which is funded by the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme. SkyNRG has its operations RSB (Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials)- certified and is structurally advised by an independent sustainability board which includes a seat for the World Wildlife Fund for Nature the Netherlands. As the aviation division of BP, Air BP is one of the world's largest suppliers of aviation fuel products and services. It currently supplies over 7 billion gallons of jet kerosene and aviation gasoline to its customers across the globe each year. Through its direct operations, Air BP fuels more than 6,000 flights every day—more than four aircraft every minute or one every 15 seconds. The company operates at more than 700 global locations in over 50 countries serving customers from private pilots to some of the world’s largest airlines. Avinor is a wholly state owned limited company under the Norwegian Ministry of Transport and Communications and is responsible for 46 state-owned airports. Oslo Airport is the major hub. Norway’s first flights using biofuels were conducted in November 2014. Avinor has allocated up to NOK 100 million (approximately US$11.4 million) over a ten-year period (2013–2022) for initiatives and projects that can contribute to the realization of Norwegian biofuel production. SkyNRG is the global market leader for sustainable jet fuel, having supplied more than 20 airlines worldwide. SkyNRG sources, blends and distributes sustainable jet fuel, guarantees sustainability throughout the supply chain and helps to co-fund the premium. At the same time, SkyNRG focuses on developing regional supply chains that offer a real sustainable and affordable alternative to fossil fuels. SkyNRG has its operations RSB certified and is structurally advised by an independent Sustainability Board in which the World Wide Fund for Nature the Netherlands (WWF-NL), Solidaridad and the University of Utrecht hold a seat. The Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials is an independent and global multi-stakeholder coalition that works to promote the sustainability of biomaterials.

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