The Lufthansa Group continues to expand its long-standing commitment to climate research
The Lufthansa Group, together with the Jülich Research Center, has equipped a third aircraft in its Group fleet with measuring instruments.
Effective immediately, an Airbus A330 from Eurowings Discover is continuously collecting measurement data in the atmosphere. The retrofitted long-haul aircraft of the Lufthansa Group's leisure airline with the registration D-AIKE, "Kilo-Echo," flies in worldwide scheduled service with destinations in North America, the Caribbean, the Indian Ocean and Africa.
For more than seven years, Lufthansa has been operating two long-haul aircraft equipped with the measuring system from the European research project IAGOS (In-service Aircraft for a Global Observing System). Due to the now additional A330, the Lufthansa Group will be able to collect climate data for science on additional flight routes around the globe.
Under the leadership of the Jülich Research Center, IAGOS bundles the expertise of partners from research, weather services, the aviation industry and airlines. IAGOS Germany is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research.
After each flight, the recorded measurement data are automatically transmitted to the central database of the CNRS (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique) research center in Toulouse. The findings are freely and openly accessible for global research and are currently used by around 300 organizations worldwide. They help researchers gain new insight into climate development, the composition of the atmosphere and determining long-term changes to make climate models more precise and to improve weather forecasts.