Quantcast
Card image cap

Dutch KLM to serve draught Heineken on tap during flights


After years of experimenting, Heineken, along with KLM Royal Dutch Airlines has come up with the right technology to be able to pour draught beer on tap for passengers mid-flight. 

“We are always looking for typical Dutch products to set us apart from other companies,' said KLM Inflight Services Vice-President Miriam Kartman. “Heineken is our beer partner for many years, and we both know that customers rate a beer from draught higher than out of a can.”

Heineken’s representative, Edwin Griffioen, said it was not easy to overcome the challenges to dispense beer on tap in the cabin. “Because the air pressure is so much lower in an aeroplane than at sea level, a traditional beer tap will not work as it will only dispense a huge amount of foam,” he said. The company has dispensers that work on air pressure, but they are too large to fit in the aircraft. 

Edwin Griffioen said the drinks the trolley was redesigned  to look like “a giant Thermos flask”, which will keep the beer temperature under 5C. “We managed to set the diameter of the tap and the air pressure to exactly the right combination, which delivers at 36,000 feet (11,000m) exactly the same beer as you would get on the ground.”

The KLM Royal Dutch Airlines plans to use the prototype on international flights from August. 

Similar news
History Hour: 18 records set in one day on Lockheed JetStar
This is interesting!
History Hour: 18 records set in one day on Lockheed JetStar

On April 22, 1961, Jackie Cochran set 18 World Air Sport Federation (FAI) records in one day flying a Lockheed L-13...

History Hour: Ruth Nichols world speed record on Lockheed Vega
This is interesting!
History Hour: Ruth Nichols world speed record on Lockheed Vega

On April 13, 1931, Ruth Rowland Nichols set a World Air Sports Federation World Speed Record of 210.64 mph over a 1...

Hypersonic flight technology gets boost from two industry giants
This is interesting!
Hypersonic flight technology gets boost from two industry giants

Boeing HorizonX Ventures and Rolls-Royce announced their investment in Reaction Engines, a UK-based aerospace technology...

Want a top-notch web sales? Take advice from aviation start-up
This is interesting!
Want a top-notch web sales? Take advice from aviation start-up

The millions of media channels available online mean a fierce competition for online-marketers, forcing them to fight to...

Laserpas provides significant data to Slovakian power company
This is interesting!
Laserpas provides significant data to Slovakian power company

Laserpas, company providing aerial power line inspections, has completed an inspection in Slovakia for the company Z&aac...

Virgin Galactic rocket test launch 3 years after fatal crash
News
Virgin Galactic rocket test launch 3 years after fatal crash

Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic successfully conducted supersonic test flight of its SpaceShipTwo VSS Unity pass...

Bikini airlines: new destinations, old habits?
This is interesting!
Bikini airlines: new destinations, old habits?

The announcement of the Vietnamese low-cost company VietJet arrival in India’s booming aviation economy attracted...

Lockheed wins $248M NASA contract for low-boom supersonic jet
This is interesting!
Lockheed wins $248M NASA contract for low-boom supersonic jet

Lockheed Martin won a $247.5 million NASA contract for the design, building and testing of a supersonic jet that reduces...

Tiangong-1 is tumbling to a fiery death: the when, where and why
This is interesting!
Tiangong-1 is tumbling to a fiery death: the when, where and why

China's first prototype space station, Tiangong-1 is tumbling in orbit and is predicted to crash to Earth in an unco...

NASA delays launch of the world’s most powerful telescope
This is interesting!
NASA delays launch of the world’s most powerful telescope

NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) launch date has been delayed for a second time in the past six months. Th...