In a significant move towards achieving its sustainability goals, KLM will begin flying the environmentally friendly Airbus A321neo to Copenhagen starting August 26. This next-generation aircraft is expected to cut CO2 emissions by up to 15%, marking a milestone in KLM’s commitment to modernizing its fleet.
Sustainable Aviation Takes Flight with KLM’s Fleet Modernization
Maria Hagelberg, who oversees sustainability initiatives at Air France and KLM for North Europe, emphasizes the crucial role of fleet modernization in reducing environmental impacts. “By upgrading to new generation aircraft, which currently make up 21% of our fleet, we aim to bring that figure to 64% by 2028,” she states. The A321neo offers substantial CO2 emission reductions and operates at a 50% lower noise level, reflecting KLM’s dedication to sustainable and quieter skies.
KLM and Transavia Usher in a New Era with 100 Cutting-edge Aircraft
Looking ahead, KLM, in partnership with Transavia, plans to revolutionize European aviation by adding 100 new aircraft designed to diminish emissions substantially. Transavia welcomed the first Airbus A321neo into service in December 2023, paving the way for a more sustainable future in aviation.
The Path to a Sustainable Future: KLM’s Investment in Alternative Fuels
Hagelberg further highlights the importance of transitioning from fossil fuels to sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), which can reduce emissions by as much as 75%. She proudly notes that Air France and KLM are leading global SAF purchasers. “In 2023, we utilized 80,000 tonnes of SAF, accounting for 16% of global SAF production,” she shares, stressing the need for increased SAF production investment, especially in Scandinavia.
KLM’s proactive steps to modernize its fleet and invest in SAF demonstrate its unwavering commitment to sustainability and enhanced customer experience. As the airline looks toward a cleaner, quieter, and more comfortable future, passengers flying to Copenhagen can look forward to a greener journey aboard the advanced Airbus A321neo.