Lufthansa Group: Goes Sustainable in Middle East, Improves Capacity in UK
Last updated on September 19th, 2020
Reinforcing its commitment towards sustainability in the Middle East, Lufthansa Group is planning to create the future of aviation industry climate-neutral.
Reports from Aviation Business claim, the airlines has been engaging heavily to create new technologies and invest in more environment-friendly planes. In March 2019, Lufthansa Group approved the purchase of 40 aircrafts scheduled to be delivered between late 2022 and 2027. Sources claim that 20 additional Airbus A350-900 and 20 Boeing 787 and 789 planes will be replacing four-engine aircraft fleet of the group.
For better implementation of the sustainability plan, Lufthansa Group has purchased Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) for flights.
Stating the agenda, Heinrich Lange, the Senior Director of Sales at Lufthansa Group Gulf, Afghanistan and Pakistan said, “Alongside the strong growth in our fleet, network and passenger numbers, our responsibility to be at the forefront of sustainable development of the aviation industry has been growing.” He added, “With the objective of shaping future mobility in environmentally compatible ways, we have been actively pursuing a robust climate protection strategy.”
Lange affirmed that in comparison to 2005, the airlines has set the target of a 50 percent reduction in CO2 emissions by 2050. This year seems to be crucial in their sustainability journey as the airlines aims to improve fuel efficiency by 1.5 percent.
Older models that had high CO2 emission, have been put under replacement with new low CO2 emission planes, like A350-900. An investment volume worth $12 billion had been set by the Supervisory board of Lufthansa Group for purchasing new planes.
Meanwhile, the airlines has increased capacity to the UK by 15 percent in 2020, with majority flights outside London. The Group has announced the launch of six-times weekly flights between Newcastle and Munich on February 3 and twice-daily flights between Bristol and Frankfurt on March 30.
Giving direct competition to low-cost carrier Lauda, Austrian Airlines’ new Birmingham-Vienna route will increase four-times weekly to a daily service in the summer. As per the group, the increased capacity is due to growing demand from smaller regional ports in the UK.
Besides going sustainable, the airlines seems to be focused on improving its operational performance. Recent reports claim the Group has announced a new strategic partnership with Google Cloud for minimising the impact of irregularities on its passengers. By using the infrastructure and machine-learning capabilities of Google Cloud, Lufthansa Group will amalgamate previously disparate systems into a unified platform.
Considering the opportunistic approach that the airlines is adopting, it is sure to achieve great heights in near future.
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