Necessary goal or green wishful thinking?

Cargo Climate Care Conference 2015, Mehr Logistik und weniger CO2. Frankfurt, den 10.06.2015
Cargo Climate Care Conference 2015, Frankfurt, 10th of June

The G7 countries still want to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions to zero in this century. This was announced by the national leaders in early June at the G7 Summit in Schloss Elmau in Bavaria. By mid-2050, the G7 want to have converted their energy supply to renewable energies. Until then, the global CO2 emissions are to be reduced to one-third of the amount in 2010. This is a major challenge, including for the aviation industry and its supply chain.

Guests from science, politics and business
For some time now, Lufthansa Cargo has been staging the “Cargo Climate Care Conference” every two years. Customers and suppliers are invited to the conference to discuss environmentally friendly and sustainable logistics. The event also includes renowned personalities from science, politics and business as guests – for example Continue reading “Necessary goal or green wishful thinking?” »

Transfer of the victims of 4U9525 begins

150417-Trauergottesdienst-FRA-002The repatriation and transfer of victims of the Germanwings flight 4U9525 to the relatives starts tomorrow, June 9th. To start off the repatriation flights, Lufthansa has arranged a special flight with a MD11 of Lufthansa Cargo from Marseille to Dusseldorf.

The plane will take off from Marseille on 9 June at 20:50 and is expected at Dusseldorf at 22:30. There will be 30 coffins of the victims of flight 4U9525 on board. The repatriation of the victims was initially scheduled for next week. At short notice, however, a delay had resulted due to regulatory requirements. The Federal Government Commissioner for the victims’ relatives had then turned to the authorities and received assurances that preparations for repatriation could be made immediately.
After this first special flight to Dusseldorf, the other victims will be gradually transferred to their home countries in the coming weeks.
According to a Lufthansa Press Release, from June 8 are “The French authorities working hard in order to create the formal conditions for the transfer of the victims as soon as possible. Lufthansa is in close contact with the relatives to ensure that the transfer of the victims is carried out according to the relatives’ wishes” .

Foto: Oliver Rösler

IAGOS project: airborne climate research laboratory installed

20150507_IAGOS_450Lufthansa  has expanded its involvement in the IAGOS (In-service Aircraft for a Global Observing System) climate research project and installed special measuring equipment on a second aircraft. The Lufthansa Airbus A330-300 with the tail number “D-AIKO” is gathering data on atmospheric trace elements and cloud particles at cruising altitude on all of its flights – on a global basis.

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Trial run ‘seven-hour flyover noise abatements’ starts

die-nacht-etwas-laenger-nacht (2)Today, April 23, starts the one-year trial run for seven-hour flyover noise abatements at Frankfurt Airport. The alternating non-use of individual runways in the shoulder hours (22:00 to 23:00 and 05:00 to 06:00) are intended to bring one hour more of sleep to the surrounding residential areas.
The trial run, which is planned only for operating direction 25 or so-called ‘West operations,’ i.e. all take offs heading west and all landings from the east, was agreed upon early February by the Hessian state government together with representatives of German Air Traffic Control (DFS), the airport operator, Fraport, and Lufthansa.
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MH17: Lufthansa joins Emirates in calling for an airline summit

Emirates_A380Lufthansa, Europe’s largest airline by revenue, joined rival Emirates in calling for an airline summit to discuss the industry’s response to the downing of an airliner over Ukraine, saying international security protocols should be reviewed.

Since Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was shot down last week, questions have been raised as to why passenger planes were flying over a region hit by fighting.
Tim Clark, head of Dubai’s Emirates Airline, on Sunday said the International Air Transport Association (IATA) could call an international conference to see what changes need to made in the way the industry tackles regional instability.
“We always put the safety and security of our customers and our crews first at the Lufthansa Group and so – needless to say – yes, we strongly support such a summit,” a Lufthansa spokesman told Reuters on Monday. The spokesman said airlines, industry organisations and government authorities would have to jointly review how they approach international security.
Lufthansa, which has defended its decision to fly over the area, said the disaster was of an entirely new magnitude. “Never before has a commercial aircraft been taken down by surface-to-air missiles at cruising altitude on one of the world’s busiest airways,” the spokesman said.
In response to the calls for a summit, IATA, which represents around 200 airlines, said its priorities were to first reunite the bodies of the victims with their families in a humane way and to ensure a successful investigation into the incident.
But it said it was gathering advice and facts from experts and that the tragedy must not be repeated.
“Once we are clear on the facts and we have expert analysis to guide us, the engagement will move to a higher level of global dialogue,” a spokesman for the Geneva-based group said.
Joerg Handwerg, from German pilots’ association VC Cockpit said it was crucial that industry bodies agreed on the action to take and airlines stuck to a unified response.
“As soon as the first airline starts to fly using the old routes, that increases economic pressure on other airlines to follow suit,” he told Reuters. Taking longer routes means consuming more jet fuel, which costs airlines more money.
Source: reuters