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The lighter the aircraft, the less fuel it burns and less CO2 it emits. KLM is always looking for ways to reduce weight: from lighter cutlery and tableware to lighter trolleys (where food and duty free are stored) and coffee- and teapots. Each seat is 8.5 kilo lighter. That’s the equivalent to a large 4x4 vehicle on a 251-seater Airbus A330.

Weight & Fuel plan

Weight and fuel

KLM’s Weight & Fuel plan, launched in fall 2008, sets a target of reducing emissions by 1% yearly; 0.5% through reducing Dry Operating Weight and the other 0.5% through optimizing efficient fuel use. Payload information (number of passengers, weight of baggage and freight), the use of statistical information specific to each route, and accurate weather data all help the flight crew to accurately assess the amount of fuel needed. Over the next year our target is to cut fuel consumption by another 1.3%. But whatever we undertake: safety is an absolute priority.

 

‘Flying Blue & Green’

KLM pilots have long been well aware of the importance of fuel efficiency. Nowadays, it is even more important to sustain this awareness consistently.

In January 2009, KLM Flight Operations issued the booklet ‘Fuel Efficiency in Operations’. Together with the ‘Flying Blue & Green’ programme, this marked the start of a division-wide fuel-efficiency campaign.

The campaign generated a wide range of fuel-saving initiatives, which had great results. The campaign has now ended, but the focus on and importance of fuel efficiency remains. A new edition of the booklet was recently issued and training managers will incorporate this topic in route training and other courses.