Continuous fleet modernization

The use of new aircraft with lower fuel consumption is currently the biggest lever for keeping the impact of flying on the environment as low as possible. Latest-generation aircraft require up to 30 percent less fuel than their respective predecessors and emit correspondingly less CO2.

The Lufthansa Group continuously invests in a modern and particularly fuel-efficient fleet. On several occasions, the company has been the launch customer for new, more fuel-efficient and quieter aircraft. The Lufthansa Group fleet covers many different market segments. Aircraft from Airbus and Boeing make up the majority of the Lufthansa Group fleet. Aircraft from Bombardier and Embraer are also deployed on short-haul routes. At the end of 2021, the Lufthansa Group fleet comprised 713 aircraft.

Billion-euro investments for more sustainability

By the end of this decade, a total of at least 190 fuel-efficient aircraft are to be delivered to the airlines of the Lufthansa Group. On average, the Group will thus receive a new, more fuel-efficient aircraft every two weeks.

Fleet planning aims to meet demand with aircraft that are as efficient as possible. Older aircraft are being replaced by new aircraft with lower fuel consumption and thus lower CO2 emissions. By replacing four-engine long-haul aircraft with new twin-engine models, the Group is laying a long-term and sustainable foundation for the future. As part of the fleet strategy, the number of aircraft types in operation is being continuously reduced across the Group, thus harmonizing the fleet. This will also help to reduce maintenance and operating costs and leverage further synergies, from licensing for pilots and cabin crews to more standardized on-board processes and the provision of spare parts.

Optimizing the existing fleet for greater fuel efficiency

Measures for the technical modification of the existing fleet with the aim of increasing economic and ecological efficiency are also constantly examined and implemented in cooperation with partners from research and industry where appropriate. These include, for example, optimizing engines, equipping aircraft with the fuel-saving surface technology AeroSHARK, and noise-reducing measures. After the aircraft are removed from the fleet, they are either sold or recycled.