German-based Lufthansa Group has reportedly achieved a new fuel efficiency record for 2017. Over the last year, the group’s passenger fleet consumed an average of 3.68 litres of kerosene to transport a passenger 100 kilometres. In 2016, the fleet consumed an average of 3.85 litres to transport a passenger 100 kilometres.
The latest findings show a 4.5% improvement year-over-year, significantly higher than the airline industry target goal of 1.5% annual efficiency gain.
Commenting on the development, Carsten Spohr, Chairman of the Executive Board and CEO of Deutsche Lufthansa AG, said: "This is the welcome result of our continuous fleet modernization and efficiency programs. To make our operations as environmentally friendly as possible, we will continue to invest in economic, fuel-efficient and quiet aircraft. We also want to take a leading role within our industry in the important area of sustainability.”
To achieve this level of improved efficiency, the group enacted a total of 34 fuel-savings projects in 2017 alone. Other notable achievements by Lufthansa Group include reduce CO2 emissions by roughly 64,400 tonnes, as well as saving over 25.5 million litres of kerosene.
In addition to the positive impact on the environment, this measure had a positive impact on the group’s bottom line with roughly $8.9m saved.
More detailed information about Lufthansa Group’s energy-saving projects can be found in the 24th Sustainability Report, which was produced in accordance with the GRI standards of the Global Reporting Initiative.