AkzoNobel living the dream with KLM

15 February 2016

Passengers travelling on KLM’s new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner are benefiting from the aircraft’s outstanding sustainability performance, which includes an important contribution from AkzoNobel’s aerospace coatings.
KLM has specified the company’s innovative base coat/clear coat system for its new fleet of Dreamliners, the first of which took to the skies late last year. The system offers potential weight reduction, helping to lower fuel costs, while its smoother surface also makes the iconic white and blue livery easier to clean.
KLM reports that the gleaming finish required 15% less paint than previously used systems and, together with other improvements, it means the aircraft can fly further, faster, cleaner, quieter and more efficiently than comparable aircraft.
"We are very pleased to be chosen by KLM as a supplier for their new aircraft," said Conrad Keijzer, AkzoNobel Executive Committee Member responsible for Performance Coatings. "It’s also a natural fit, as both companies are leaders in sustainability in their respective industries."
The base coat/clear coat system supplied by AkzoNobel is typically lighter than conventional systems, while its smoother surface means there is less dirt adhesion. There are a number of additional benefits, including UV protection for colours – extending the time required between repainting – and reduced drying times. This means less time in the paint shop and a cost saving for the airline.
Commenting on the new aircraft, Inka Pieter, KLM’s Director CSR & Environmental Strategy said: "The Dreamliner represents an exciting new phase for our company. It will make an important contribution in helping us to achieve our sustainability goals and we’re very happy to have AkzoNobel on board."
The Dreamliners flown by KLM will feature a revamped cabin, which include the carrier’s updated full flat seats with direct aisle access in World Business Class. They are also equipped with wi-fi. Furthermore the Boeing 787 Dreamliner is about 20% more fuel efficient and this also contributes to KLM’s climate action plan which aims for a 20% further reduction in CO2 emissions by 2020.
The relationship with KLM reflects AkzoNobel’s Planet Possible approach to sustainability, which is aimed at developing leading innovations that create more value from fewer resources.

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