Lufthansa has set a new company record for fuel-efficiency.
In 2013 the group’s passenger airlines achieved an average fuel consumption of 3.91 litres per passenger per 100km flown. This marks the first time this figure has dropped below the four-litre mark and is an improvement of 3.8% compared to 2012.
The Lufthansa Group’s absolute fuel consumption decreased 1.3% year-on-year, or by 114,152 tonnes compared to 2012. This helped the airline cut its CO2 emissions by more than 359,587 tonnes – the equivalent of the annual volume of CO2 emitted by oil-fired heating systems in approximately 50,000 homes.
“The new record is a clear sign that all our efforts to increase fuel efficiency have taken hold. Ecologically and economically we have a great interest in making the most efficient use possible of the fuel we need to carry our passengers. That is one reason why we are investing billions every year in next-generation aircraft,” said Christoph Franz, Lufthansa’s chairman.
The Lufthansa Group achieved the reductions through a range of methods, including moving to a newer, more fuel-efficient fleet, reducing the weight of its aircraft and implementing new flight methods.