• 06-JUN-2018

  • News Release

Lufthansa Group sets new fuel efficiency record

Efficiency record
  • Specific fuel consumption drops by 4.5 percent to 3.68 liters per 100 passenger kilometers
  • 24th Sustainability Report "Balance" published
  • Cover story "Creating value sustainably" provides insights into responsible and sustainable management all along the value chain

The Lufthansa Group has set a new fuel efficiency record. In 2017, the aircraft of the passenger fleets required an average of just 3.68 liters of kerosene to transport a passenger 100 kilometers (2016: 3.85 l/100 pkm). This represents an improvement of 4.5 percent compared to the previous year. The Lufthansa Group has thus more than satisfied the airline industry target of annual efficiency gains of 1.5 percent. All airlines belonging to the Group contributed to this achievement.

"This is the welcome result of our continuous fleet modernization and efficiency programs. To make our operations as environmentally friendly as possible, we will continue to invest in economic, fuel-efficient and quiet aircraft. We also want to take a leading role within our industry in the important area of sustainability," says Carsten Spohr, Chairman of the Executive Board and CEO of Deutsche Lufthansa AG, in his foreword to the Sustainability Report "Balance" published today.

The Lufthansa Group works continuously and systematically to improve the environmental compatibility of the services it offers internationally. In 2017, the aviation group commissioned 29 new aircraft, including the highly efficient A350-900, A320neo and Bombardier C Series models. In total, the Lufthansa Group currently has on order around 190 aircraft that are expected to be delivered by 2025.

Moreover, Lufthansa Group's fuel efficiency experts implemented a total of 34 fuel-saving projects in 2017, which sustainably reduced CO2 emissions by around 64,400 tons. The amount of kerosene saved was 25.5 million liters, equivalent to the amount consumed by about 250 return flights on the Munich-New York route with the Airbus A350-900. The positive financial effect of these measures amounted to EUR 7.7 million.

Extensive information, key figures and interviews on these and other topics of corporate responsibility can be found in the 24th Sustainability Report "Balance" published today by the Lufthansa Group. Reporting is in accordance with the internationally recognized GRI standards of the Global Reporting Initiative.

The report's cover story entitled "Creating value sustainably" provides Lufthansa Group stakeholders and the interested public with insight into how the Group operates sustainably and responsibly along its value chain, thereby generating added value for the company, its customers, employees, shareholders, partners and society at large.

With more than 130,000 employees worldwide, the Lufthansa Group is one of Germany's largest employers and most attractive companies. Workforce diversity is a key aspect of the company's success: 147 nationalities are represented in the company around the world. The Lufthansa Group supports its employees and executives with an attractive work environment and flexible working-time models, models which take into account their different needs in different phases of their lives, e.g. part-time and home-office arrangements. The Group places particular emphasis on the promotion and qualification of its employees, because they stand for the corporate success of the Lufthansa Group.