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Swiss is optimizing its entire Boeing 777 fleet with fuel-saving technology

Swiss is optimizing its entire Boeing 777 fleet with fuel-saving technology

Swiss has successfully equipped its entire fleet of twelve Boeing 777-300ER aircraft with innovative sharkskin technology from Lufthansa Technik and BASF. This technology, called Aeroshark, mimics the flow-enhancing properties of shark skin, resulting in reduced drag and therefore lower fuel consumption and CO2 emissions during flight.

By gradually equipping the fleet, the Swiss company was able to save more than 2,200 tons of kerosene and about 7,100 tons of carbon dioxide in 2023. With the last aircraft, HB-JNF, being equipped in May 2024, all Swiss Boeing 777s are now In service with this environmentally friendly technology.

Klaus Bauer, Chief Technology Officer at Swiss, emphasized the importance of this innovation for the sustainability of aviation operations and praised the commitment of employees. Soren Stark, CEO of Lufthansa Technik, also highlighted this historic achievement and emphasized the importance of such innovations to reduce CO2 emissions in aviation.

The development of Aeroshark by Lufthansa Technik and BASF came after years of research and development work. At the end of 2022, the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) granted Lufthansa Technik approval to convert a series of two Boeing 777 aircraft with Aeroshark. 17 Lufthansa Group aircraft are already equipped with this technology, and the companies plan to continue developing Aeroshark for additional aircraft types and larger areas to help airlines around the world achieve their emissions targets.

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