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Flights fueled by cooking oil

on March 10, 2013 1:20 AM

NEW YORK (AP) — A Dutch airliner is flying from New York to Amsterdam on a fuel mix that includes leftover oil from frying Louisiana’s Cajun food.

The KLM flights from Kennedy International Airport are powered by a combination of 25 percent recycled cooking oil and 75 percent jet fuel.

After the first such flight on Friday, the concept will be tested on 24 round-trip trans-Atlantic trips every Thursday for the next six months.

The waste oil from frying up crawfish, cracklins and other Cajun specialties is refined at a Louis- iana plant, then trucked to JFK.

KLM says the cooking oil reduces polluting carbon emissions by up to 80 percent.

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