Lufthansa and BASF begin In-Service-Evaluation of a solubility enhancer for water in jet fuels

BASF (Baden Aniline and Soda Factory) and Lufthansa successfully started an In-Service-Evaluation (ISE) for BASF’s new Kerojet® Aquarius – a solubility enhancer for water in jet fuel. The ISE marks an important step in the commercialization of this innovative additive.

Throughout the ISE, BASF’s additive solution is used on designated flight routes on Airbus airplanes. On July 24, the process began with an Airbus A340-600 flight between Munich and San Francisco. The advantage of the additive is that cost-intensive drainage measures can be reduced as water accumulation will be minimized. Furthermore, time-consuming and costly maintenance stopovers can be avoided and thereby make the process more cost effective.

“The implementation of Kerojet® Aquarius will constitute a milestone in improving both flight safety and aircraft usage. Applying Aquarius will avoid the presence of ice in wing tanks and further improve the margins of safety,” said Thorsten Lange, Head of Fuel Purchasing Lufthansa Group.

“We are quite happy to have reached this key milestone for the commercialization of Kerojet® Aquarius,” said Antonino Raffaele-Addamo, Head of Global Marketing Jet Fuel Additives, Fuel and Lubricant Solutions, BASF SE. “Reaching this point after many years of hard work and commitment, as well as extensive testing, has only been possible with a clear vision and long-term strategy in place. The very close teamwork between Lufthansa and BASF, from the beginning of the project, has been supported by many other leading industry partners in the aviation industry.”

Kerojet® Aquarius is a unique and easy-to-use performance additive that supports water management in aircraft fuel systems as a critical safety and maintenance parameter for airlines. Kerojet® Aquarius disperses the water contained in kerosene, respectively in the fuel tank. Afterwards, the water is removed from the aircraft’s fuel tank during the normal combustion process in the turbine.

BASF and Lufthansa expect the full details of the ISE to be available by the end of the year, after which the broader commercialization of Kerojet® Aquarius is expected to start.