SOURCE: Lufthansa

April 21, 2008 11:56 ET

Lufthansa Leads the Way as Airline Industry Increases Efforts to Improve Environmental Sustainability

Lufthansa's Ongoing Climate Research Project to Collect Atmospheric Data on Select Flights to U.S. on Earth Day

EAST MEADOW, NY--(Marketwire - April 21, 2008) - While many airlines recognize Earth Day on April 22nd, Lufthansa's commitment to environmental sustainability is evident year-round. For years the airline has aggressively tackled sustainability issues and made environmental protection a top corporate priority, including participation in critical, international climate research projects. During the week of Earth Day, laboratory-equipped Lufthansa aircraft servicing routine commercial flights to Atlanta, Dallas and Portland will collect atmospheric data as part of the airline's ongoing participation in MOZAIC, an international research program created by IAGOS (Integration of routine Aircraft measurements into a Global Observing System) that Lufthansa began working with in 1994.

The MOZAIC instruments onboard the Lufthansa A340-600s collect and measure ozone, water vapor, carbon monoxide and nitrogen oxide data, which researchers use to better understand cloud formations and thus improve weather forecast models. Lufthansa is one of just three participating carriers and the only partner airline conducting research along routes to the U.S. On Earth Day, Tuesday, April 22nd, two MOZAIC-equipped Lufthansa flights will travel to the U.S. arriving in Portland, OR (LH 468) at 11:20 a.m. and in Dallas (LH 438) at 2:20 p.m. On Wednesday, April 23rd, the aircraft is schedule to arrive in Atlanta at 4:10 p.m. To view a video about Lufthansa's MOZAIC program please visit http://youtube.com/watch?v=dBoqNMKgt7s&feature=related.

"As early as the mid-1990s Lufthansa formalized its commitment to environmental protection, most recently establishing the company's Four Pillars for Climate Protection," explained Jens Bischof, Vice President, The Americas for Lufthansa. "An integral part of Lufthansa's corporate strategy, this includes focusing on continuous technological progress, improving infrastructure, enhancing operational measures, and utilizing economic instruments."

Among the airline's major accomplishments has been achieving half its annual transport growth since 1991 without increasing CO2 emissions. "This translates to a 30 percent reduction in fuel consumption," continued Bischof. "Within the next four years, Lufthansa will work toward reducing emissions by another 10 percent, clearly surpassing the Air Transport Association's stated goal of a 30 percent reduction among U.S. carriers by 2025."

Continuous profitability has enabled Lufthansa to invest in long-term sustainability efforts, such as improved infrastructure and fleet modernization, which are essential to achieving the stated emissions improvements. The 2006 installation of 20,000+ lighter seats on aircraft saved 12,000 tons of CO2 in one year alone. Over the next few years more than 170 of the world's newest, most fuel-efficient planes will join the Lufthansa fleet, including 15 Airbus A380s, the largest order in Europe, and 20 Boeing 747-8s, for which Lufthansa is the launch customer. The A380 and B747-8 have fuel-efficiency levels of 70 mpg per passenger -- a nearly 50 percent improvement over Lufthansa's already high fuel standards -- and achieve reduced noise levels of up to 30 percent compared with today's Boeing 747-400.

Lufthansa's unmatched dedication to environmental research also includes serving as the sole airline partner for CARIBIC (Civil Aircraft for the Regular Investigation of the Atmosphere Based on an Instrument Container). Along selected routine long-haul flights, Lufthansa collects thousands of gas measurements from the tropopause region (between the troposphere and stratosphere) via a 1.6 ton atmospheric observatory installed on an A340-600. A consortium of researchers from 11 institutions from seven European countries analyzes the data to detect atmospheric changes.

From a community standpoint, for more than 30 years Lufthansa has sponsored local and international associations that protect the crane, its corporate logo. The airline also supports the Global Nature Fund's "Living Lakes" network, an international initiative that protects the world's lakes, ecosystems and drinking water for future generations, including Mono Lake outside Yosemite National Park.

"From its dedication to wetlands preservation, to company-wide energy conservation and even through its aggressive recycling programs, Lufthansa is well respected for its sustainability ethic," said Krystyna Wolniakowski, Director, Western Partnership Office of the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. "I recently won two tickets that Lufthansa donated to the Portland-based Sustainable Northwest organization, and plan to use them to conduct a conservation mission that will help forge new community opportunities through which Lufthansa, Sustainable Northwest and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation can build upon their collaborative conservation efforts."

For Earth Day Lufthansa will execute a number of internal and external initiatives. Its new "Green Ambassadors" program salutes the airline's most environmentally conscious employees, with representatives from each of Lufthansa's North American regions leading their colleagues in an effort to identifying and implement 'green' office procedures. Groups will share and implement best practices.

To engage and educate passengers, each of Lufthansa's 22 North American gateways will host Earth Day activities ranging from an environmental quiz to displays and videos that showcase the airline's various sustainability efforts. For every passenger response to its "Blue Skies, Green Planet" quiz Lufthansa will make a donation to the Arbor Day Foundation to replace trees lost to North American forest fires. In addition, passengers will be encouraged to donate to Lufthansa's "Miles to Help" program, which supports environmental projects, or HelpAlliance, a Lufthansa employee-founded and coordinated charity supporting social causes worldwide. Lufthansa will match the day's donations with a contribution to MyClimate, the carrier's non-profit climate-protection partner.

Online, Lufthansa will present "Earth Day Flyer," an interactive game that invites players to collect renewable energy points while 'flying' an emissions-free paper airplane. Players can win one of many prizes, including two round-trip tickets on Lufthansa. The sweepstakes ends May 20th and can be found at http://www.lufthansa-usa.com/games/earthday/game.php.

About Lufthansa

One of the world's largest airlines, Lufthansa flies to 207 destinations in 81 countries, including 22 North American gateways. Lufthansa has hubs in Munich, Frankfurt, and, with its 2005 acquisition of SWISS into its portfolio, Zurich. Together with its partners, Lufthansa serves 416 destinations in approximately 100 countries. An industry innovator, Lufthansa has long been committed to environment protection and sustainability, operating the most technically advanced and fuel-efficient fleet in the world. Lufthansa will be the largest European operator of the Airbus A380 and the launch customer for the new Boeing 747-8, the industries' two most fuel-efficient passenger aircraft. For more information or reservations, go to www.lufthansa.com and for more information about Lufthansa's environmental initiatives visit http://responsibility.lufthansa.com.

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