Wednesday, during a working visit to Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (AAS), the Dutch Minister of Transport, Public Works & Water Management,
Camiel Eurlings officially took the new Engine Water Wash system developed by KLM Royal Dutch Airlines into operation in one of KLM’s hangars
at Schiphol-East. While being shown around the maintenance facilities of KLM Engineering & Maintenance (E&M) by KLM President & CEO Peter
Hartman, the minister positioned the vapor extractor behind an engine awaiting cleaning.
The Engine Water Wash method cleans aircraft engines internally, therefore increasing performance levels and lowering fuel consumption. This
significantly lowers the emission of CO2 and other substances from the engine during flight.
After water has been sprayed into the
front of the engine several times, KLM catches all the waste water – more than 100 liters – and feeds it off in a responsible manner through the KLM
Environmental Center. Vapor released in the process passes through the vapor extractor and clean air is expelled. The Engine Water Wash
program can be carried out in the hangar at the same time as a regular technical aircraft check, without requiring any additional ground time for the
said, “We have demonstrated that KLM embraces the
principle of sustainability. By adopting an innovative approach, we have shown that we are capable of developing an entirely new maintenance
method that is better for both people and planet.”
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