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Balance 2015 ENG

mentally friendly maintenance and position- ing tows of large passenger aircraft such as the Airbus A380 or the Boeing 747-8. It is expected that the eSchlepper will help cut the related CO2 emissions by 70 per- cent. Simultaneously, fuel costs are to fall by more than 60 percent and maintenance costs by more than 50 percent. In May 2015, Lufthansa LEOS received the first prototype of the tractor it developed jointly with Kalmar Motor AB. Furthermore, the Lufthansa Group is driving the projects eTaxi and eLift forward. The latter is a future-oriented catering lift truck that is being developed under the supervi- sion of Lufthansa Sky Chefs on the basis of an electrically powered truck chassis (see from page 61, Balance 2014). the runway for takeoff without thrust from their engines (see page 62, Balance 2014). In 2014, the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) certified this innovative vehicle. One year after the start of the test phase, three TaxiBots are in operation in regular handling settings at Frankfurt Airport. TaxiBot is based on technology patented by Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), in whose development Lufthansa LEOS par- ticipated. In early 2015, the subsidiary of Lufthansa Technik and IAI signed a decla- ration of intent for the certification tests with wide-body aircraft. Initial tests with a Boeing 747-400 are expected to begin in January 2016 in Frankfurt. eSchlepper: First prototype arrived in Frankfurt The eSchlepper is also a towbarless aircraft tug equipped with diesel-electric hybrid drive. It is particularly intended for environ- En route to green handling: E-PORT AN The Lufthansa Group is a partner of the E-PORT AN initiative, which is committed to a sustainable reduction of emissions at the Frankfurt aviation hub. The goal in the area of aircraft handling is to replace mobility supported by internal combustion engines with electro-mobility whenever it is sensible and possible. For this purpose, E-PORT AN considers all ground traffic, meaning air- craft taxiing to their takeoff and gate posi- tions, as well as the movements of more than 1,000 vehicles related to ground ser- vices, taking passengers, freight and ca- tering to aircraft. In addition to the Lufthansa Group, the airport operator Fraport AG, the state government of Hessen and the Model Region Electro-Mobility Rhine-Main partici- pate in E-PORT AN. The initiative, which was awarded the “Lighthouse project E-mobility” by Germany’s federal govern- ment in 2013, is supported by the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastruc- ture. Technische Universität Darmstadt and others provide the scientific supervision of this joint project. In April 2014, E-PORT AN won the renowned GreenTec Award in the aviation category. The Lufthansa Group participates with the following projects in E-PORT AN: TaxiBot: Hybrid aircraft tug receives EASA certification An important contribution to reducing fuel consumption and emissions in airport settings comes from the TaxiBot. This die- sel-electric hybrid tug can be controlled from the cockpit and maneuvers aircraft to The eSchlepper diesel-electric hybrid aircraft tug is particularly suited for environmentally friendly maintenance and positioning tows of large passenger aircraft. Electromobility at Frankfurt Airport Sustainability Report Balance // Issue 2015 // Lufthansa Group // 51