Lufthansa sets target for fuel savings

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Lufthansa is aiming to achieve €200 million ($255 million) in annual fuel efficiencies across the group, and to achieve a fuel burn per passenger in the "two-litre class" by 2016.

The German flag carrier is embarking on more than 1,000 projects as part of its Score restructuring plan, focusing on reduction of its annual one billion tonnes of fuel consumption via weight savings and more efficient flights, ground handling and ATC operations, says senior first officer Jens Ritter.

Utilising its FlyNet onboard wifi system, the airline plans to introduce new technologies for real-time analysis of flight operations on the long-haul fleet, to give pilots information on weather and flight conditions and allow them to operate efficient routings.

Ritter expects to begin rolling out the new navigation aids in 2015. He expects regulatory certification in November this year.

Lufthansa is also pursuing weight-reduction measures such as the removal of loose items from the airline’s fleet of Airbus A340 widebodies, which can bring a weight saving of up to 100kg.

The airline is now seeking to reduce its fuel burn per passenger from 4.06 litres per 100km to 2.9.