Lufthansa Group sets new fuel efficiency record

  • Fuel consumption drops by 4.5 percent to 3.68 liters (.972 gal) per 100 passenger kilometers (62 miles)
  • 24th Sustainability Report "Balance" published
  • Cover story "Creating value sustainably" provides insights into responsible and sustainable management all along the value chain

The Lufthansa Group has set a new fuel efficiency record. In 2017, the aircraft of the passenger fleets required an average of just 3.68 liters (.972 gal) of kerosene to transport a passenger 100 kilometers (62 miles) , 2016: 3.85 l (.972 gal)  / 100 pkm (62 miles). This represents an improvement of 4.5 percent compared to the previous year. As a result, the Lufthansa Group exceeded the airline industry target of annual efficiency gains of 1.5 percent. All airlines belonging to the Group contributed to this achievement.

"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 sus-tainability," said Carsten Spohr, Chairman of the Executive Board and CEO of Deutsche Lufthansa AG, in his foreword to the Sustainability Report "Balance" published today.

The Lufthansa Group works continuously and systematically to improve the environmental compatibility of its services offered internationally. In 2017, the aviation group commissioned 29 new aircraft, including the highly efficient A350-900, A320neo and Bombardier C Series models. In total, the Lufthansa Group currently has an order of approximately190 aircraft that are expected to be delivered by 2025.

Moreover, Lufthansa Group's fuel efficiency experts implemented a total of 34 fuel-saving projects in 2017, which sustainably reduced CO2 emissions by around 64,400 tons. The amount of kerosene saved25.5 million liters, 6.7 million gal, is equivalent to the amount consumed by about 250 return flights on the Munich-New York route with the Airbus A350-900. The positive financial effect of these measures amounted to EUR 7.7 million (9 million USD).

Extensive information, key figures and interviews on these and other topics of corporate responsibility can be found in the 24th Sustainability Report "Balance" published today by the Lufthansa Group. Report is in accordance with the internationally recognized GRI standards of the Global Reporting Initiative.

The report's cover story, entitled "Creating value sustainably", provides Lufthansa Group stakeholders and the interested public with insight into how the Group operates sustainably and responsibly along its value chain, thereby generating added value for the company, its customers, employees, shareholders, partners and society-at-large.

With more than 130,000 employees worldwide, the Lufthansa Group is one of Germany's largest employers and most sought after company. Workforce diversity is a key aspect of the company's success: 147 nationalities are rep-resented in the company worldwide.

About The Lufthansa Group
The Lufthansa Group is the world’s biggest airline group in in terms of revenue, and is also the market leader in Europe’s airline sector. The Group strives to be the “First Choice in Aviation” for its customers, employees, shareholders and partners. And safety, quality, reliability and innovation are the prime credentials and priorities of all its business activities.
The Lufthansa Group is divided into the three strategic areas of Hub Airlines, Point-to-Point Business and Service Companies. The Group’s network carriers, with their premium brands of Lufthansa, SWISS and Austrian Airlines, serve its home market from their Frankfurt, Munich, Zurich and Vienna hubs. With its Eurowings brand, the Group also offers short- and long-haul point-to-point services in the growing private travel market. And with its service companies, which are all global market leaders in their individual industries, the Lufthansa Group has found success in further areas of the aviation business.
The Lufthansa Group’s airlines currently (Summer Schedule) serve 343 destinations in 103 countries on four continents and offer 25,128 weekly frequencies. The Group’s total fleet comprises some 728 aircraft and its member airlines will be taking delivery of 174 new aircraft between now and 2025. In 2017, the Lufthansa Group employed around 130,000 personnel, welcomed 130 million passengers aboard its flights and generated sales of around EUR 35.6 billion.
The Lufthansa Group is headed by its five-member Executive Board. Carsten Spohr is Chairman & CEO; Thorsten Dirks is in charge of Eurowings and aviation services; Harry Hohmeister bears responsibility for the commercial management of the Group’s hub airlines and airports; Ulrik Svensson is head of finance and IT; and Dr. Bettina Volkens is in charge of HR and legal affairs.
For further information please visit www.lufthansagroup.com