New technologies to reduce carbon emissions in air travel


Over the next ten years, the Lufthansa Group is set to receive a new fuel-efficient aircraft every two weeks on average, with carbon emissions reduced by up to 25% compared to previous models.

The group’s modern, efficient, and standardised fleet covers various market segments, as continuous investments are made in fundamental fleet modernisation. Sustainability is a key factor in this strategy.

Using aircraft of the most recent generation is, says Lufthansa, the best short-term lever for reducing aviation emissions. Increasingly fuel-efficient aircraft and a large number of fuel efficiency programs have already allowed the Lufthansa Group to significantly reduce the specific consumption of its fleet by 30% over the past 25 years.

On several occasions, the Lufthansa Group has been a “launch customer”, being the first to introduce new aircraft that are quieter and more fuel-efficient, such as the Airbus A320neo for Lufthansa in 2016 or the C Series aircraft for SWISS. In the long-haul segment, the Lufthansa Group has also been emphasising climate and environmental responsibility for years by commissioning new aircraft. The Airbus A350-900, which Lufthansa has so far operated exclusively from Munich, is one of the most modern and environmentally friendly long-haul jets.

Lufthansa will be one of the first airlines in the world to welcome a further fleet addition in 2021: the Boeing 777-9. The Lufthansa Group has ordered a total of 20 of these high-efficiency long-haul aircraft. The two newly developed GE9X engines and the extremely long and narrowly curved wings, which are largely made of carbon fibre, are the main factors in increasing fuel efficiency. The Boeing 777-9 also provides a much wider cabin than its predecessors. For the first time, it will feature the new Business Class, with direct aisle access for every passenger.

Photo: Lufthansa’s new Boeing 777-9 aircraft will contribute to greater energy savings for the airline