Category Archives: KLM

United On Track to Save 85 Million Gallons Of Fuel in 2013

It’s always nice to hear about ways that the airlines are trying to make changes to help lessen their impact on the environment. 

When I think of airlines and green initiatives, KLM comes to mind. 
I wrote about a couple of environmentally friendly things they’ve done in recent months.

A couple of days back I was happy to come across an article on United Hub related to a change which can have a positive impact on the environment. 

United is on track to save 85 million gallons of fuel in 2013.
The article states that fuel is the “airline’s single largest expense and it’s primary focus environmentally”. They have several initiatives in place that will allow it to achieve it’s fuel efficiency goal.

United has improved it’s fuel efficiency by 32% since 1994 with improved flight planning, single engine taxiing, lighter products on board and the use of ground power instead of an onboard auxiliary unit.

They also invested in a new, fuel efficient fleet. In 2012 United ordered 150 new Boeing 737 narrow- body aircraft powered by fuel efficient engines.

United is committed to environmental sustainability with it’s Eco- Skies Program.
Some highlights:

  • Operated the first U.S. passenger bio-fuel flight
  • Provided $50,000 grants to 10 local environmental organizations 
  • Over the last six years, United recycled over 20 million pounds of cans, paper and plastic from flights and at their facilities
Find out more about United’s environmentally friendly initiatives HERE.

Win A Flight To Space From KLM

KLM is giving away an amazing prize, a trip to space on the SXC Lynx!

KLM will be releasing a high altitude balloon from the Nevada Desert. To enter you need to claim your place in space by guessing where the balloon will pop at it’s highest point aka peak altitude.

There are two things you get to select:

  • The height- I picked 36.0 KM
  • Horizontal drift- I had to skim around a little bit to find an unclaimed spot
When the balloon is released, it’s progress can be followed online. The person who’s place is closest to where the balloon pops, wins the trip to space.

The Prize: An all inclusive ticket to space aboard the SXC Lynx worth $95,000.

  • A flight for the winner and a guest from anywhere around the world to Curacao
  • Hotel stay chosen by KLM
  • The winner only and not the guest will take the SXC flight into space
  • The SXC Lynx will take the winner 64 miles up to space at 4 G’s of thrust
Some Rules:
  • Must be at least 18 years of age to enter
  • One entry per person is allowed
  • Enter by April 22, 2013
To claim your place in space and enter for a shot to win the prize Click HERE

KLM: Win A Trip To Amsterdam To See Vermeer

KLM Cargo has been flying “Dutch Master” Johannes Vermeer’s painting “Women In Blue Reading A Letter” from it’s home in Amsterdam (at the Rijksmuseum) to Shanghai, Sao Paulo and Los Angeles.

If you haven’t had a chance to see it while traveling around the world, KLM wants to give you a chance to see it at it’s home in Amsterdam.

The sweepstakes is being ran through Facebook. 

To enter, you have to fill out a form on FB and then answer a question in 140 characters or less: What do you think is on the letter that the “Women In Blue” is reading?

The Prize:

  • Two KLM round trip economy class tickets (May depart from NY-JFK, D.C.- IAD, Atlanta- ATL, Houston- IAH, Chicago- ORD, L.A.- LAX, S.F.- SFO or Dallas- DFW
  • Prize must be taken from May 1, 2013- May 1, 2014
  • Tickets must be pre-booked at least one month in advance
Open to legal residents of the 50 United States and D.C.
Must be at least 18 years of age at time of entry
Sweepstakes ends March 29, 2013

Enter the KLM- Vermeer Facebook Giveaway HERE

KLM Starts Weekly Flights Using Sustainable Biofuel

Back in November I wrote about KLM’s Green Initiatives. I thought it was really great how KLM was stepping up to try to lessen the impact their flights had on the environment. 
They had taken various steps to make these “green” changes including experimenting with using biofuels on a flight from Amsterdam to Rio.

I was happy to receive an e-mail from KLM a few days back regarding “new steps in sustainable flight”. From the moment I saw the subject line I was interested. 

The e-mail contained some pretty interesting information. 
Starting March 8, KLM was starting weekly flights from my home airport JFK in New York to Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport using sustainable biofuel. Every Thursday Flight KL642 will be operated on a Boeing 777-200.

According to the e-mail:

This series of flights partially powered by biofuel recovered from used cooking oil is another step in demonstrating greater proof of KLM’s pioneering role in sustainable flight.

It’s definitely nice to hear about how KLM is trying to lessen it’s impact on the environment.  Hopefully more airlines will follow their lead and try to adopt some of these green measures too.

Learn more about KLM’s green initiatives by clicking HERE.

Win A New Years Trip to NYC from KLM

I just found out about this contest and TODAY is the last day to enter!

KLM is giving a trip for 2 to NYC which includes a meet and greet with superstar DJ Armin Van Buuren on New Years Eve. 

I can’t say that I am a fan of trance music or DJ Armin, but if I did not live in NY I’d still be interested in winning a free trip to NY!

The Prize

  • Two economy class roundtrip tickets to New York from any destination operated by KLM, Air France or Delta 
  • Four night hotel stay for 2  from December 29- January 2
  • Meet & greet with Armin Van Buuren on 12/31 in NY
  • Two concert tickets for NYE show
  • A Nikon D5200 camera
  • A unique, official Armin Van Buuren merchandise package

Some Rules:

  • The winner agrees to make a movie about the entire trip with the provided camera. The movie must be delivered to KLM within 2 weeks of trip’s end. KLM will use the video with social media. 
  • Open to anyone at least 21 years of age 
  • To enter the sweepstakes, you need to log-in with Facebook
  • Enter by December 9, 2012

Enter for a shot to win a trip to NYC for New Years Eve HERE

Learn about KLM’s Green Initiatives and Win 2 Tickets to Amsterdam

KLM wants to show how aware they are of the airline industry’s impact on the environment by giving a virtual tour of how “Blue Flies Green”. The tour is done on Facebook. 
They are also giving away two round trip tickets on KLM to Amsterdam for showing your support of their eco-friendly initiatives. 

Some of the steps KLM have taken are:

  • A new aircraft painting system which uses thinner layers to reduce paint weight by 15%
  • Only use recycled water to clean planes and engines are washed regularly for more fuel efficiency
  • Source food from eco-friendly resources whenever possible which contributes to conservation efforts and helps offset climate changes
  • Focusing more on electronic communications to reach a goal of paperless cockpits
  • Meal service equipment has been lightened up for more fuel efficiency
  • Has experimented flying with biofuels including a flight from Amsterdam to Rio.This was the longest distance any aircraft has flown on biofuels.


The Prize:

  • Two KLM round- trip economy class tickets to Amsterdam. Winner may depart from the following US gateways: New York (JFK), Wash D.C. (IAD), Atlanta (ATL), Houston (IAH), Chicago (ORD), Los Angeles (LAX), San Francisco (SFO)
  • Tour of KLM facilities where you will get an insider tour of a KLM green initiative.

Entering the Sweepstakes:

  • Go to KLM’s Facebook Page and click “Like”
  • Click on the tab- How Blue Flies Green
  • Scroll through the info and then enter your info to enter

Open to legal residents of the United States and DC
Must be at least 18 years of age at date of entry
Enter by December 6, 2012

Win A Trip to Budapest from KLM

KLM’s online magazine iFly is running another contest with a great prize! 

The Prize: Two economy class return tickets to Budapest.  

Winner’s flight will be operated from  any destination by:

  •  KLM
  • Air France or 
  • Delta Airlines

The Rules:

  • Sweepstakes ends  November 29, 2012
  • Must be at least 18 years of age at time of entering
  • Winner’s surname and place of residence will be published in the next edition of iFly

Enter for a chance to win a trip to Budapest HERE

Win A James Bond Private Movie Screening in Amsterdam

Coca-Cola Zero and KLM are running a sweepstakes where you could win a private screening of the James Bond movie Sky Fall in Amsterdam, Holland for four.
Part of the prize package includes a camera. The winner commits to make a movie about the whole experience with it and get it to KLM within two weeks after the event.
Two Prizes will be given out which include:
  • Four KLM economy class roundtrip tickets to Amsterdam from any KLM, Air France or Delta destination
  • Private pre-screening at the Tuschinski Cinema on October 29
  • Three night hotel stay in Amsterdam
  • Cocktail cruise through the Amsterdam canals
  • An IAmsterdam City Card offering free public transport & more
  • One Samsung WB690 camera
Must be at least 18 years of age to enter
Guests invited by winner must be at least 18 years old
Sweepstakes ends 9/30/12
Sign up for a chance to win HERE

Win A 7 Day Trip to Panama from KLM

KLM is giving away a 7 day trip for two to Panama through a sweepstakes on Facebook.
The prize includes airfare, hotel stay, a Samsung camera and many great experiences. 
The winner commits to make a movie about their experience using the camera from the prize package. The movie must be delivered to KLM within two weeks of the end of the trip. 
The Prize:
  • Two KLM roundtrip economy class tickets to Panama from any KLM, Air France or Delta destination
  • Personal welcome at the airport on October 27
  • Hotel Transfer
  • Panama City tour and trip to Anton Valley
  • A trip & stay at Gamboa Rainforest Resort
  • Daily breakfast, lunch & dinner
  • Trip to Embera Community Parara- Puru
  • Stay at Playa Tortuga Beach Resort
  • Stay at Hotel Esplendor
  • Samsung WB690 Camera
Some Other Details:

  • Must be at least 18 years of age to enter
  • Sweepstakes ends September 30, 2012 

Sign up for your chance to win a trip to Panama HERE

Win A Trip For Two To Holland From KLM

KLM is giving away a trip to Amsterdam in the I Want To Be In Holland Sweepstakes. 
To enter the sweepstakes you must fill out the entry form on Facebook.
The Prize:
  • Two round trip Economy Class (upgraded to Economy Comfort if space is available) tickets to Amsterdam
  • Holland Pass booklet for winner & guest  (includes free entrance & discount to museums, shops, restaurants and attractions in Amsterdam and select other cities in Holland)
How To Enter:
  1. “Like” KLM on Facebook
  2. On the KLM Facebook page click on the “I Want To Be In Holland” tab
  3. On entry form, in 140 characters or less write why you want to be in Holland

Open to legal residents of the United States & D.C.

Must be at least 18 years of age at time of entry
Trip must be taken between September 1, 2012- August 31, 2013

Sweepstakes ends August 17, 2012 at 11:59pm EST
Sign up for a chance to win the KLM sweepstakes HERE