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Boeing's Swiss fleet flies with shark technology

Boeing's Swiss fleet flies with shark technology

Kloten ZH – Swiss International Airlines (SWISS) has equipped its twelve Boeing 777-300ERs with AeroSHARK technology. A thin layer on the fuselage and engines mimics the properties of shark skin and thus reduces carbon dioxide emissions. Other aircraft types will follow.

Swiss Owns its first Boeing 777-300ER in October 2022 with Lufthansa technology together with BASF Advanced AeroSHARK technology. The Swiss airline announced in a statement that at the beginning of May, the 12th and final aircraft in the fleet of the leading Swiss airline for long-haul flights was covered with a layer that prevents carbon dioxide emissions. notice. The transparent membrane adhered to the fuselage and engine nacelles mimics the properties of shark skin with micrometer-deep grooves and thus reduces frictional resistance.

With frictional resistance reduced by approximately 1% during the flight, the partially equipped fleet has already saved more than 2,000 tons of kerosene and avoided about 7,100 tons of carbon dioxide emissions last year, according to the statement. “We are very satisfied with the results so far and are proud to be the first airline in the world to equip an entire fleet with AeroSHARK,” Swiss Chief Technology Officer Klaus Bauer was quoted as saying. Applying the film requires the utmost precision and takes about a week per plane. “I am pleased that this commitment is worthwhile and that we have been able to make our flight operations more sustainable,” said Bauer. The airline is investigating whether additional types of aircraft in its long-haul fleet can be equipped with AeroSHARK technology in the medium term. m/hs

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