KLM Royal Dutch Airlines becomes first airline to operate commercial flight using 'biokerosene,' a 50-50 blend of conventional jet fuel and renewable jet fuel
AMSTELVEEN, The Netherlands
June 30, 2011
– KLM Royal Dutch Airlines today became the first airline in the world to operate a commercial flight on 'biokerosene,' which included renewable jet fuel supplied by Dynamic Fuels LLC.
KLM used a 50/50 blend of conventional jet fuel and renewable jet fuel in both engines of a Boeing 737-800 aircraft that carried 171 passengers from Amsterdam to Paris. The flight was a preview of more than 200 commercial flights between Amsterdam and Paris KLM plans to make in September using the same fuel.
"This is an important day for Dynamic Fuels and our efforts to demonstrate the performance and environmental advantages of what we're producing," said Bob Ames, vice president of Renewable Energy for Tyson Foods, one of the owners of Dynamic Fuels. "We're pleased with the leadership KLM has shown in its willingness to use innovative, new fuels like ours."
Dynamic Fuels is a 50/50 joint venture between Syntroleum Corp. (Nasdaq:SYNM - News) and Tyson Foods Inc. (NYSE:TSN - News). The company's plant successfully converts fats, oils and greases into high quality renewable fuels. Unlike ethanol and biodiesel, which are typically produced from food ingredients, Dynamic Fuels uses non-food grade fats, oils and greases. Production began in October 2010 at the company's Geismar, Louisiana, plant.
Syntroleum Corporation (Nasdaq:SYNM - News) owns the Syntroleum(R) Process for Fischer-Tropsch (FT) conversion of synthesis gas derived from biomass, coal, natural gas and other carbon-based feedstocks into liquid hydrocarbons, the Synfining(R) Process for upgrading FT liquid hydrocarbons into middle distillate products such as synthetic diesel and jet fuels, and the Bio-Synfining(TM) technology for converting animal fat and vegetable oil feedstocks into middle distillate products such as renewable diesel and jet fuel using inedible fats and greases as feedstock. The 50/50 venture -- known as Dynamic Fuels -- was formed to construct and operate multiple renewable synthetic fuels facilities, with production on the first site beginning in 2010. The Company plans to use its portfolio of technologies to develop and participate in synthetic and renewable fuel projects. For additional information, visit the Company's web site at www.syntroleum.com
About Tyson Foods
Tyson Foods, Inc. (NYSE:TSN - News), founded in 1935 with headquarters in Springdale, Arkansas, is one of the world's largest processors and marketers of chicken, beef and pork, the second-largest food production company in the Fortune 500 and a member of the S&P 500. The company produces a wide variety of protein-based and prepared food products and is the recognized market leader in the retail and foodservice markets it serves. Tyson provides products and services to customers throughout the United States and more than 90 countries. The company has approximately 115,000 Team Members employed at more than 400 facilities and offices in the United States and around the world. Through its Core Values, Code of Conduct and Team Member Bill of Rights, Tyson strives to operate with integrity and trust and is committed to creating value for its shareholders, customers and Team Members. The company also strives to be faith-friendly, provide a safe work environment and serve as stewards of the animals, land and environment entrusted to it.