Aircraft by emissions class
In the reporting year we added additional Boeing 757 aircraft to our fleet after deploying the first tranche in 2015. These offer increased loading capacity, improved technology and are significantly more efficient than previous models. These aircraft are not only more environmentally-friendly, but also require fewer repairs and provide improved working conditions for flight personnel.
In the reporting year we also signed an agreement to convert four Airbus A330-300 from passenger to cargo aircraft. The converted aircraft will feature cargo capacity in the mid to high range, offering extra flexibility and increased fuel efficiency per kilo of air cargo.
In keeping with our “burn clean” approach, we also support the use of alternative aviation fuels. However, at present not enough is known about how these fuels impact air operations and the environment, ruling out their large-scale deployment. We are currently working together with other companies as part of the Aviation Initiative for Renewable Energy in Germany e.V. (aireg) to improve the viability of such alternative aviation fuels. In the reporting year, as part of the research partnership project airegEM, we measured alternative fuel emissions through a series of ground-based engine tests and then simulated emissions for our fleet using representative flight profiles. This allowed us to gain additional insight into biofuels and how they would impact the environmental performance of our air fleet.