The German group recently became the first airline to sign a contract with Norway’s Statoil Aviation, for the use of a new mixed biokerosene fuel.
For a period of one year beginning in March 2015, Statoil will provide Lufthansa’s ex-Oslo flights with 2.5 million gallons (9.5m litres) of sustainably produced biofuel. This will fuel approximately 5,000 flights operated by Lufthansa, SWISS, Austrian Airlines, Germanwings and Brussels Airlines from the Norwegian capital.
In 2011, Lufthansa became the first airline in the world to run regular flight operations with a mixed biokerosene fuel, by operating an Airbus A321 between Frankfurt and Hamburg for half a year. This testing period, accompanied by emissions measurements and research into production processes and biomass availability, has led to its commitment to Statoil.
“Climate-friendly aviation is an important aim of the Lufthansa Group. To this end, the group is investing in modern, low-consumption aircraft and is continuously improving the fuel efficiency of its flights. As a supplement to, and as a long-term replacement for, kerosene made from crude oil, biofuels offer new perspectives on improving the aviation industry’s carbon footprint,” the airline said in a statement.