Lufthansa Group’s passenger airlines operated more efficiently in 2014, using an average of 3.84 liters of kerosene in 2014, to carry a passenger 100 km, a 1.6% improvement over the previous year (2013: 3.91 l/100pkm).
Lufthansa Group’s passenger airlines include Lufthansa, Swiss International Air Lines, Austrian Airlines and Germanwings.
The Group said it has again met the “demanding aerospace industry target of annual efficiency gains of 1.5%.”
The company also said Lufthansa Cargo’s Boeing 777F and MD-11F fleet were more efficient than ever, with 0.183 liters/tonne km—a 5.2% improvement over 2013. In 2014, Group-wide efficiency in cargo transportation increased 0.8%.
In 2014, the Group’s absolute fuel consumption increased 0.7% with an increase in transport capacity of 1.9%, continuing the trend toward the decoupling of transport capacity and fuel consumption.
According to a company statement, the further reduction of specific fuel consumption is foreseeable through the investment in new, more efficient aircraft.
Lufthansa took recently delivery of its last of 19 Boeing 747-8 aircraft, which is 15% more fuel efficient than its predecessor model 747-400.
By 2025, the company will receive 272 aircraft at a list value of €38 billion ($42.3 billion), its biggest fleet modernization program. In 2015, 17 aircraft will be delivered to the Group.