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B787 Dreamliner; An eco-friendly asset
On 23 November 2015, KLM added a new aircraft to its fleet—the Boeing 787 Dreamliner. The aircraft uses less fuel, thus emits less CO2, and creates less noise pollution. It brings us ever closer to our aim to reduce CO2 emissions by 20% in 2020 compared to 2011. On 10 December the second aircraft arrived, these aircraft are the first of a total of twenty-one Dreamliners that KLM plans to put into service.
Lower fuel consumption
Alongside the use of weight-saving materials, the optimisation of flight procedures, and the use of more sustainable biofuels, our investment in a new fleet is the way to further reduce CO2 emissions. The 787 Dreamliner consumes up to 20% less fuel than other aircraft of similar size. In fact, compared to KLM’s B747-combi, the Dreamliner is 46% more fuel efficient. And, the use of less fuel results in a comparable reduction in CO2 emissions. New engines, more lightweight composite materials, and the latest developments in aerodynamics all contribute to the Dreamliner’s overall performance.
Quieter takeoff and landing
The aircraft uses a variety of new technical features to ensure that the emission of 85 decibels (similar to the amount of noise generated by heavy car traffic) does not reach the ground. In fact, the Boeing 787 Dreamliner’s noise emissions are up to 40% less than that of comparable aircraft. The new technologies include acoustically treated engine inlets and chevrons (the distinctive serrated edges at the back of the engines) and other special treatments for the engines and engine casings.
Because the B787 consists mainly of carbon fibre composite which can be cut easily, the manufacturing process creates less waste. Most aircraft are built of aluminium, which must be processed from large plates or blocks leaving a great deal of material over. The entire B787 production process produces less waste and uses fewer hazardous chemicals and materials.
Arriving well rested
This new aircraft is also beneficial to our passengers. One of the new features is that all Business Class seats offer access to the aisle. In Economy Class, the seat backs recline up to 40% and all passengers have access to WiFi during the flight. The air humidity is higher than in other aircraft, thereby reducing problems such as dry eyes, and the air pressure is higher. As a result, passengers arrive at their destination well rested.
All KLM Dreamliners will be given a unique name. They will be named for flowers, a typical Dutch export product which reflects our Dutch heritage. By the end of 2016, the KLM fleet is expect to have ten Boeing 787 Dreamliners. It will allow more KLM passengers to fly on an aircraft that is both comfortable and more environmentally friendly.
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