Fuel consumption and emissions

Fuel efficiency is of central importance for the Lufthansa Group. It can be improved above all by investments in new aircraft as well as by implementing efficiency measures in the existing fleet. 

Monitoring and optimizing fuel consumption and thus also CO2 emissions at the Group level is the responsibility of the department “Flight Operations Efficiency & Innovation”. Company-wide, the experts at the Lufthansa Group implemented a total of 183 fuel efficiency projects in 2016, which reduce CO2 emissions by 620,000 tonnes per year. This quantity of fuel conserved is enough for an Airbus A320 to fly once daily from Frankfurt to Berlin and back for one-and-a-half months.

The aviation industry’s established four-pillar strategy, which comprises numerous environmentally relevant measures, serves as a guideline for all fuel-efficiency activities pursued by the Lufthansa Group.

The Lufthansa Group maintains its specific fuel consumption at a low level: In 2016, the aircraft in the passenger fleets needed 3.85 liters of kerosene on average to transport one passenger over a distance of 100 kilometers. The efficiency record achieved in the two preceding years was a mere 0.01 liters lower.



Specific fuel consumption and CO2 emissions

Specific fuel consumption in liters per 100 passenger kilometers (l /100 pkm) and specific CO2 emissions in kilograms per 100 passenger kilometers (kg /100 pkm)

Active Fleet in 2016




Austrian Airlines

Eurowings (including Germanwings)
Lufthansa (including Lufthansa CityLine and Air Dolomiti)
SWISS (including Edelweiss Air)

Definitions of traffic areas:
Long-haul more than 3,000 km | Medium-haul 800 to 3,000 km | Short-haul under 800 km