Starting this year, the Lufthansa Group will use a biokerosene mixture to fill their aircraft at Oslo airport. Approximately 5,000 flights from Lufthansa, Swiss, Austrian Airlines, Germanwings and Brussels Airlines at the Norwegian capital's airport will use the new eco-friendly mix.
Beginning March 2015 and lasting for one year, Norwegian oil company, Statoil Aviation, will supply 2.5 million gallons of sustainably produced, certified biofuel into the tanks at Oslo airport, the world’s first large commercial airport to offer continuous provision of biofuel over a long period and to fuel aircraft with biokerosene directly from its hydrant system. For the Lufthansa Group, this is the next step from its previous test flights, made as part of the recently concluded burnFAIR project, toward the use of alternative fuels in regular flight operations.
In 2011, Lufthansa was the first airline in the world to run regular flight operations with a biokerosene mixture by operating an Airbus A321 between Frankfurt and Hamburg for half a year as part of the project. The long-term testing was accompanied by detailed emissions measurements and research into production processes and biomass availability.
The Lufthansa Group's other steps for climate-friendly aviation include investing in modern, low-consumption aircraft and is continuously improving the fuel efficiency of its flights. As a supplement to, and as a long-term replacement for kerosene made from crude oil, biofuels offer new perspectives on improving the aviation industry’s carbon footprint.