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Gevo: ‘Fly Green Day’ at Chicago O’Hare

Inspiring Airlines to use lower carbon fuels

Englewood, Colorado, November 08, 2017: Gevo announced that its alcohol-to-jet fuel (ATJ) derived from renewable isobutanol is being used today by eight commercial airlines for the ‘Fly Green Day’, sponsored by the O’Hare Fuel Committee, at Chicago O’Hare International Airport.  This event is the first time renewable jet fuel has been supplied at Chicago O’Hare using the existing airport fueling infrastructure, such as pipelines, terminals and tankage.
Commercial airlines participating in the ‘Fly Green Day’ are Lufthansa, United Airlines, Etihad, Cathay Pacific Airways, Emirates, Japan Airlines, Korean Air, Atlas Air and FedEx. “This is the first time we have supplied our customers with biojet produced from alcohol and demonstrates how we are working with multiple suppliers to build a leadership position in this area,” said Air BP’s Chief Executive Officer Jon Platt. “We anticipate that through this promotion we will inspire more of our customers to use lower carbon fuels.”
To date, airlines and airports have generally relied on alternative means of supplying renewable jet fuel to the wing, usually trucking jet fuel on site for blending and fueling. For today’s ‘Fly Green Day’, Air BP blended Gevo’s ATJ with regular fossil-based Jet A fuel, certified its quality and then supplied its customers through the airport’s main fuel hydrant system.
 “We are excited to be a part of this project. This is the next stage in development of our goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and move forward with the full commercial deployment of renewable jet fuel,” said Thorsten Luft, Vice President Corporate Fuel for Lufthansa AG.
Gevo is a renewable technology, chemical products, and next generation biofuels company focused on the production of isobutanol, as well as related products from renewable feedstocks.

Source: Gevo

Neste Collaborates with Geneva Airport

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Joint efforts to offer sustainable solutions for aviation

Geneva, Keilaranta, September 13, 2017: Neste and Genève Aéroport are pioneering together to make flying more sustainable by starting to decarbonize aviation towards fossil neutral growth. Genève Aéroport is planning the introduction of renewable jet fuel for aircraft operations from Geneva International Airport; the target shall be at least 1% of the annual jet fuel consumption at Genève Aéroport shall be composed of renewable jet fuel starting late 2018. This is an excellent example of a state, an airport and a renewable solutions provider collaborating to decrease CO2 emissions in aviation.

“Genève Aéroport is exemplary in sustainability with its ambitious goals to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions. We are very excited to collaborate with Genève Aéroport and their airline partners to show the way to the aviation sector. We both share the common view that decreasing COemissions in aviation is crucial in combating climate change. This is an important step for Neste in implementing our growth strategy for renewables in applications outside road traffic fuels. Neste MY Renewable Jet Fuel is Neste’s sustainable solution for reducing COemissions in aviation,” says Kaisa Hietala, Executive Vice President in the Renewable Product business area in Neste.

“As aviation is growing, airports have a crucial role in taking initiatives which aim at reducing environmental impact. Genève Aéroport is particularly pleased to work in this very ambitious project together with Neste, the Swiss authorities, airlines operating from Geneva, and locally established fuel companies,” says André Schneider, CEO of Genève Aéroport.

Aviation is the fastest growing means of transport and thus emissions will grow substantially. The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) has set a target that from 2020 onwards the growth in aviation is carbon-neutral. Currently, the only viable alternative to fossil liquid fuels for powering commercial aircraft is sustainable renewable jet fuel, which is one the most efficient means of decreasing greenhouse gas emissions. It can be adopted immediately without the need for additional investments in new fuel distribution infrastructure.

For Neste, the development of Neste MY Renewable Jet Fuel (TM) has been a long journey taking several years:  from building proof of concept to ensuring the quality and performance that fully meet the aviation industry’s expectations. Neste’s renewable jet fuel technology and quality is proven in thousands of commercial flights by e.g. Lufthansa and is now ready for commercialization.

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Neste collaborates with Genève Aéroport to offer sustainable and renewable solutions for aviation

Neste is the world’s leading renewable diesel producer from waste and residues, and with its renewable diesel it has helped to decarbonize traffic by 33 million tons over the past 10 years. This is equivalent to 2 years’ emissions from the Swiss transport sector. Now this expertise and renewable solution is available for aviation.

Source: Neste Corporation

Lufthansa Welcomes its Fifth Airbus A320neo

Convincing results in fuel efficiency and noise emissions

Hamburg, December 29, 2016:  Lufthansa took delivery of another AirbusA320neo from Airbus. This means that, five aircraft of this model have been delivered to Lufthansa this year, as planned. The Transfer of Title of the new aircraft – with the registration D-AINE – took place at Airbus  in Hamburg-Finkenwerder. Transfer of the aircraft to the ‘home base’ in Frankfurt is scheduled for  January 2, 2017. An additional ten A320neo aircraft are to be delivered to Lufthansa in 2017.

Lufthansa is the first customer for this new generation Airbus A320neo. These new aircraft have been in service since the beginning of 2016 on routes within Germany as well as on inner-European routes. Through new technology engine design and the latest cabin layout with up to 180 seats, the A320neo is, in fact, around 20 percent cheaper to run per passenger. Another important feature of the A320neo is the significant reduction in both noise and CO2 emissions. The 85 decibel ‘noise footprint’ of an A320neo at take-off is only half as large as of an A320 in the existing fleet, making an important contribution towards active noise reduction. The Lufthansa Group has a total of 116 neo-type aircraft on order, 45 of them in the larger A321neo model.

Lufthansa Welcomes its Fifth Airbus A320neo

Source: Lufthansa

Lufthansa CFM56-5C Engine Achieves 100,000 Flight Hours

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Hamburg, November 8, 2016: Lufthansa and CFM International celebrated the achievement of 100,000 flight hours by one of the airline’s CFM56-5C engine more than 20 years after Lufthansa took its first Airbus A340-300 into service.

Lufthansa took delivery of its first CFM-powered airplane in 1986 and currently has a fleet 350 CFM56 engines powering Airbus A319/A320, A340-300, and – previously – the Boeing Classic 737 aircraft.  The airline was the launch customer for the CFM56-5C-powered long-range, four-engine  A340 and put the first aircraft into revenue service in February 1993.  Lufthansa currently operates 18 CFM-powered A340 aircraft.

“We are very proud to be sharing this milestone with Lufthansa,” said Jean-Paul Ebanga, president and CEO of CFM International. “This airline has historically been known for the technical excellence of its fleet and its CFM56 engines continue to maintain world-class reliability.  We believe we build the most reliable engines in the air but we know that it is our customers that keep the flying.  On behalf of the entire CFM team, I extend our warmest congratulations to everyone at Lufthansa.”

The record engine (ESN 740146) entered commercial service with Lufthansa on November 16, 1993 on one of the first Airbus A340 aircraft to be delivered.  Over the course of its service life, the engine has been fully overhauled four times at Lufthansa Technik.

CFM International, a 50/50 joint company between GE (USA) and Safran Aircraft Engines (France), has already delivered more than 30,000 engines to more than 550 customers around the globe.  For more information, visit CFMI at

Source: Lufthansa/CFMI

Joe Sutter – Remembering an ‘Incredible’ Legend

Father of Boeing’s famous 747 Jumbo Jet dies at 95

He was born in a working-class neighborhood in Seattle and became the father of a queen, the ‘Queen of the Skies’: Joe Sutter. Leading Boeing’s engineering team for the iconic 747jumbo jet in the mid-1960s, Joe Sutter designed the aircraft that changed the entire air transport  industry and transformed the world of air travel. He died August 30, 2016, in his home town Seattle.

Joe Sutter and his group developed the 747 in an unbelievable record time. Therefore his team, along with thousands of other Boeing employees involved in the project, became known as the ‘Incredibles’ for producing what was then the world’s largest airplane in only 29 months, from conception to rollout.

“The 747 flew for the first time on February 9, 1969. It was a cold winter’s day and a highly emotional one for me,” remembers Joe Sutter in his book about the development of the 747. “So it was only when I saw the world’s first Jumbo Jet in the air that I knew my team had done it…”

Joseph F. “Joe” Sutter was born March 21, 1921. While growing up next to Boeing’s Seattle plant, he already could observe as a young boy the ongoing flight tests and the development of new aircraft.

Holding a degree in aeronautical engineering from the University of Washington he joined Boeing 1946 after returning from his duties in World War II. Starting with a first assignment on the 377 Stratocruiser, Boeing’s last propeller-driven airliner, Joe Sutter was already a little later among the first engineers working on the 367, better known as  ‘Dash 80’, the testbed for the famous 707 and first U.S. jetliner.

When Boeing, ‘inspired’ by Lufthansa, started the development of the 737, Sutter served as second-in-command on this narrow-body. It was his decision to place the engines under the wing and not at the rear, making it less difficult to stretch the aircraft later on and to develop a family of different versions. Till today, the 737 is still the best sold jetliner.

The Jumbo Jet

But it was the 747 – the world’s first jumbo jet – that secured his place in history. “Each time Sutter made a decision crucial not only to the 747’s success but to the very survival of the Boeing Company, he got it right,” writes Clive Irving in his book ‘Wide-Body: The Triumph of the 747″. In an interview, Phil Condit, a former CEO of Boeing who was once a member of Sutter’s 747 engineering group, remembers Joe very respectfully: “He was a great engineer!”

In 1986 Sutter left Boeing after a 40-year career. “The aircraft was iconic and so was he,” said Richard Aboulafia, Teal’s aerospace analyst. “Long after he retired, Joe remained very active within the company. He continued to serve as a consultant on the Commercial Airplanes Senior Advisory Group, and he was still a familiar sight to many of us working here. By then his hair was white and he moved a little slower, but he always had a twinkle in his eye, a sharp mind and an unwavering devotion to aerospace innovation and The Boeing Company. Fittingly, he was on hand to celebrate our centennial at the Founders Day weekend. He was one of a kind, ” writes Ray Conner, President and CEO, Boeing Commercial Airplanes.

Joe Sutter

Whoever had the opportunity to meet Joe Sutter was impressed by his modesty and his dedication to aviation. Praising his team he used to say: “We pulled a rhinoceros-sized rabbit out of Boeing’s hat”, hoping this story will inspire and encourage next generations of airplane designers.

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‘Balance 2016’: Lufthansa Group publishes 22nd Sustainability Report

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Average of 3.84 liters of kerosene consumption per passenger and 100 kilometers

Frankfurt, 14 July 2016: The Lufthansa Group published its 22nd sustainability report today. For over two decades the Group has been communicating important issues of corporate responsibility under the title “Balance”. At the beginning of 2016, the Lufthansa Group once again carried out a stakeholder survey in order to prioritize and further develop the key sustainability issues in a dialogue with the numerous stakeholders. The result of the extensive survey is illustrated in the report in a so-called materiality matrix.

Changing the working environment

As a service-providing corporation, motivated and well trained employees are essential to the Lufthansa Group. The sustainability report’s priority subject “Changing working environment” thus places employees up front and shows how the Group reacts to the ever-changing conditions with diverse ideas and programs. The aim is to continually offer an attractive working environment to those working on the ground and in the air, in order to inspire existing and future talent for the globally active aviation Group. This also includes offers which enable employees and managers to have a balanced professional and private life. More than 120,000 people currently work for the Lufthansa Group and in 2016, the aviation corporation will employ 4,000 new employees, of which 2,800 will be flight attendants.

With the recently launched Diversity@LHGroup project, which increasingly places management in focus, the Lufthansa Group is campaigning for more variety in management levels which also includes the sustainable increase of the percentage of women in management positions. During the report year, this figure rose worldwide by 0.7 percentage points to 14.9 percent and in Germany by 0.2 percentage points to 16.2 percent.

Solid environmental balance – further successes in sight

In 2015, the specific fuel consumption of the passenger airlines could be held at the previous year’s record value (an average of 3.84 litres of kerosene consumption per passenger and 100 kilometres) despite a 1.1 percentage point lower load factor. The Lufthansa Group continues to work diligently on improving its environmental footprint and has, for example, implemented more than 500 fuel efficiency programs since 2013 including numerous plans to reduce weight such as, for example, 30,000 lightweight on-board trolleys. “A key point on our agenda is our responsibility to protect climate and the environment. This is reflected in the diverse programs that follow the established four-pillar strategy, which comprises technological, operative, infrastructural and economic measures”, stated Carsten Spohr, Chairman of the Executive Board and CEO of the Deutsche Lufthansa AG, in the foreword to the report.

Continuous investment in new technologies

The most effective lever for flying responsibly in the future is investment in new technologies. In 2016 alone, the Lufthansa Group will receive 52 especially fuel-efficient and quiet aircraft. The Airbus A320neo and Bombardier CSeries aircraft models are world premieres and herald in a new era of ecologically-efficient flying. Moreover, in winter 2016, Lufthansa will receive the first Airbus A350-900, the world’s most modern and environmentally friendly long-haul aircraft. In order to improve the travel experience for Lufthansa Group passengers even further, the airlines of the Lufthansa Group have once again implemented numerous service optimizations in 2015. “Balance” also informs about “sustainability along the travel experience” and introduces measures and offers in the area of product responsibility, including electronic boarding cards, eJournals, offers for intermodality as well as voluntary CO2 compensation.

In the area of social commitment, the focus of citizenship activities in 2015 was on helping refugees. The Lufthansa Group together with the Help Alliance employee charity organization uses a three stage concept. This comprises projects of development cooperation, concrete emergency relief and sustainable integration projects at large corporate sites in Germany. Link to “Balance” special and ePaper:

Source: Lufthansa

First Boeing 777-300ER for SWISS Delivered

Zurich, January 29, 2016: Boeing and SWISS are celebrating the delivery of the airline’s first 777-300ER (Extended Range). The latest addition to SWISS’ fleet touched down in Zurich today following a non-stop 4,545 nautical miles (8,418 kilometers) delivery flight from Boeing’s Everett Delivery Center in Everett, WA. “The delivery of our first flagship marks a new era in Switzerland’s aviation history,” said Harry Hohmeister, CEO of SWISS. “As of today, our customers will enjoy a new dimension of air travel experience.”

The 777-300ER is the new flagship of SWISS’ long-haul fleet and is configured with 340 seats, eight in First Class, 62 in Business Class and 270 in Economy, with wireless internet connectivity throughout. SWISS’ 777-300ER will feature a totally redesigned cabin interior to enhance passenger comfort and will be initially deployed on the airline’s service between Zurich-New York JFK.

“We are honored that a carrier as prestigious as SWISS is now our newest Boeing 777 operator,” said Boeing Commercial Airplanes President and CEO Ray Conner. “The 777-300ER will provide SWISS’ network with greatly improved efficiencies and it’s a great source of pride for everyone at Boeing that the carrier will utilize this outstanding airplane as its flagship.”

The 777-300ER is one of the most fuel and cost-efficient airplanes in its class and is the most reliable twin-aisle aircraft in the world with an on-time departure rate of 99.5 percent. It also has the highest cargo capability of any passenger airplane in service. In addition to this delivery, SWISS has eight unfilled 777-300ERs on order from Boeing.

SWISS is part of the Lufthansa Group, serving 104 destinations in 48 countries from the Swiss cities of Zurich and Geneva, carrying more than 16 million passengers a year with a fleet of 92 airplanes.


Source: Boeing

Lufthansa Group to concentrate aviation training in Munich

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Munich, 27 January 2016: The present companies responsible for pilot and cabin crew training within the Lufthansa Group are to be amalgamated into a single organization based at Munich, the Deutsche Lufthansa AG Executive Board decided yesterday. The new Munich-based Lufthansa Aviation Training GmbH will provide a single management for the two currently largely independent companies of Lufthansa Flight Training and Swiss Aviation Training.

In addition to the overall management of all such training activities, Lufthansa Aviation Training will be responsible for corporate strategy and commercial management. The new company should be established by the end of this year. The aim of these endeavors is to better exploit synergies in a highly competitive market, respond more flexibly to increased customer demands and sustainably improve market position by ensuring a unified market presence.

The new company will be a fully-owned subsidiary of Lufthansa Commercial Holding GmbH. And with its customer portfolio of more than 200 airlines and its 12 training facilities, it will be one of the global leaders in the flight training field. The training activities for the various airlines of the Lufthansa Group will continue to be performed at their present locations.

Source: Lufthansa

Oslo: Biojet direct from the Airport’s Main Fuel Farm

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ITAKA provides sustainable fuel for first biojet supply via hydrant system

Oslo, January 22, 2016: ITAKA project contributes to the first commercial supply of sustainable biojet fuel in collaboration with Air BP and Avinor, the Norwegian airport operator, at Oslo Airport Gardermoen (Norway). ITAKA, funded by the European Union’s Seventh Framework Program, is the first project worldwide that demonstrates the entire value chain in Europe from sustainable feedstock production to the use of the biojet fuel using the normal supply mechanism.

The fuel will be first used by Lufthansa Group, followed by Scandinavian national carrier SAS and KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, strongly committed to the use of sustainable and low carbon renewable fuels. The sustainable biojet fuel has been produced from camelina grown in Spain by Camelina Company España (CCE) via the NEXBTL technology at Neste’s Porvoo refinery in Finland, and delivered to the airport by SkyNRG. The biojet fuel produced within ITAKA will be supplied directly into Oslo’s fuel hydrant system, meaning that it will become part of the airport’s common storage and distribution system without having to rely on a segregated infrastructure. This is a relevant breakthrough in the emerging market of biofuels for aviation and it is expected to foster an extensive adoption of non-segregated biofuel supplies worldwide.

These activities are framed within the EU’s vision for greening the aviation sector, one of which is the promotion of the development of alternative fuels for aviation. ITAKA is an on – going example of the research and innovation projects supported by the Commission that are delivering technological breakthrough developments for the aviation sector. The objective is reducing the CO2 emissions and shortening the time to market for new and cleaner solutions.

Dr. Inmaculada Gómez from SENASA, ITAKA Project coordinator, highlights: “We are very proud to take part in this pioneering initiative, bringing together several airlines and stakeholders united with a common objective: to support the implementation of sustainable fuels for the aviation industry, bringing the economic viability of biojet fuel a step closer to reality”.

David Gilmour, CEO for Air BP comments: “This is the first time aviation biofuel is being delivered through the normal supply mechanism, thus reducing logistics costs significantly. We want to demonstrate that airports can readily access biofuel with relative ease utilizing existing physical infrastructure. We anticipate that this will garner increased interest and demand, as well as contributing to a sustainable biofuel future for the aviation sector.”

“The commercial supply of sustainable jet fuel at Oslo Airport, using the existing infrastructure, demonstrates that the industry is now ready to take the next step in the development of this market, with KLM, Lufthansa and SAS as launching customers. We see that the Nordics, and especially Norway with the airport incentive installed by Avinor, have the basis and momentum to quickly move forward”, says Mr. Maarten van Dijk, CEO SkyNRG.

About ITAKA: The ITAKA project aims at supporting the development of aviation biofuels in an economically, socially, and environmentally sustainable manner, improving the readiness of existing technology and infrastructures. ITAKA is the first project worldwide that demonstrates the entire value chain for biojet production and the first supported by the EU on this topic and scope.

ITAKA partners are: SENASA (coordinator, ES), Airbus Group (FR, UK), Biotehgen (RO), Camelina Company España (ES), CLH (ES), Embraer (BR), EPFL (CH), Manchester Metropolitan University (UK), Neste (FI), RE-CORD (IT), SkyNRG (NL).

The ITAKA project has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Program for research technological development and demonstration under grant agreement No 308807.

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Source: ITAKA

Munich Airport: New Satellite Terminal Sets Standards

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High Efficiency Heating, Cooling and Lighting Systems

München and Frankfurt, December 16, 2015: April 2016 sees the opening of the new satellite terminal at Munich Airport, with which the airport will gain a passenger terminal that sets new environmental and energy efficiency standards. The very latest building materials and innovative heating, cooling and lighting technologies will ensure that energy usage is reduced to a minimal level: CO2 emissions generated by the building will be 40% lower than those emitted by the airport’s existing terminal buildings. Contributing to this reduction are the “climate façades”, found on the longitudinal sides of the building, which enable passengers (via escalators) to change between the building’s three passenger levels. These 4.5-metre-wide spaces separate the heated or cooled building proper from the open air and act as an accessible climate buffer. The façade is made of a newly-developed type of glass which allows daylight through, but which – by means of a special coating – keeps out solar radiation, including heat.

The heating and cooling of the satellite terminal is achieved by use of the airport’s heating and cooling systems, the necessary energy being generated by the airport’s own CHP (combined heat and power) plant, recently renovated with expanded capacity. With this, the airport produces around 60% of the power it needs. The resulting waste heat is used for heating at cold times of the year and for cooling in summer, after being converted in an absorption refrigeration unit.

Primarily, heating and cooling of the satellite terminal building is via underfloor conduits. Ventilation occurs via displacement ventilation technology and – the external temperature permitting – naturally, via special openings in the building. The use of an innovative lighting concept – LED lamps – also offers further energy-saving potential: these lamps can be individually dimmed in accordance with lighting requirements and are laid out in such a way as to have the optimal effect.

Climate protection in the satellite terminal does not stop at the outer walls: all aircraft positions will be equipped from the start with so-called “Pre-Conditioned Air Units” (PCA), via which Lufthansa and its partners’ aircraft can be heated via the airport’s heating network or cooled in the summer via the building’s own air conditioning system. The use of the aircraft’s own kerosene-powered auxiliary power unit is therefore superfluous, leading to a reduction in noise as well as of CO2 emissions.

The new satellite terminal is a joint project between Flughafen München GmbH and Deutsche Lufthansa AG. FMG and Lufthansa already operate Terminal 2 together and are reacting to the increase in passenger numbers with these expansion plans for Munich Airport. The architect and general planner of the new building is the Munich office of Koch + Partner, who are also responsible for Terminal 2. With the new, 600-metre-long satellite terminal building, both Lufthansa and Munich Airport gain the capacity to manage eleven million passengers per annum. On top of this, it is much more convenient for passengers, with 27 aircraft positions close to the building, eliminating the need for cross-apron bus journeys.

Source: Flughafen München GmbH / Deutsche Lufthansa AG