Lufthansa A320 vortex generator
Lufthansa has taken delivery of its first Airbus A320 with vortex generators, which will reduce the noise produced by aircraft during its final approach by up to two decibels. Lufthansa said it is the first airline in the world to use an aircraft with this modification.
According to Lufthansa, all new aircraft of this type will be equipped with vortex generators standard. Its current A320 fleet, which is already in operation, will also be equipped with the noise-reducing technology. It said 157 aircraft in its existing fleet will receive the new component, so that more than 200 aircraft in total— including new deliveries—will be quieter.
“This will enable us to implement a key aspect of the ‘Noise Protection Alliance’ initiative—comprising Lufthansa, Fraport, the Board of Airline Representatives in Germany e.V. association, German air traffic control, the Airport and Region Forum (FFR) and the state government of Hesse—and will particularly benefit local residents near our hubs in Frankfurt and Munich,” Lufthansa German Airlines board member Kay Kratky said.