Swiss optimizes entire Boeing 777 fleet with fuel-saving technology

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

By gradually equipping the fleet, Swiss was able to save over 2023 tons of kerosene and around 2.200 tons of CO7.100 in 2. With the last aircraft, HB-JNF, equipped in May 2024, all Swiss Boeing 777s are now in service with this environmentally friendly technology.

Claus Bauer, head of technology at Swiss, emphasized the importance of this innovation for the sustainability of flight operations and praised the commitment of the employees. Sören Stark, CEO of Lufthansa Technik, also highlighted the milestone achievement and emphasized the importance of such innovations for reducing 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 for the series conversion of two Boeing 777 types with Aeroshark. 17 Lufthansa Group aircraft have already been equipped with this technology, and the companies plan to further develop Aeroshark for additional aircraft types and larger areas to help airlines worldwide meet their emissions targets.

Boeing 777 (Photo: Swiss).
Boeing 777 (Photo: Swiss).