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Lufthansa Group invests in new technology to transmit flight trajectory information in real-time

Lufthansa Group invests in new technology to transmit flight trajectory information in real-time

A flight path that is optimized can save fuel and save CO2 emissions. The Lufthansa Group hopes to significantly enhance airspace management in Europe, prevent pointless detours, and fly more sustainably with the standard installation of a new, innovative system for conveying flight profile information in its new A320neo/A321neo aircraft. More than 65 Airbus A320neo/A321neo aircraft are on order and will be delivered to the Lufthansa Group starting in 2024.

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These aircraft will be fitted with the latest ADS-C EPP (Automatic Dependent Surveillance – Contract Extended Projected Profile) flight profile information technology. As a pioneer, the airline business is supporting the new technology’s quickest rollout across Europe by making an early investment in it. Beginning in 2028, all newly delivered aircraft and ATC must be equipped with the new technology as standard.

Future 4D flight path information created by the aircraft’s flight management system will automatically be transmitted to air traffic control at any time as a result of new technologies for real-time transmission of flight path information. This so-called 4D flight trajectory represents the subsequent course of a flight in the four dimensions of time and three spatial dimensions (length, width, and height). The more accurate information regarding an aircraft’s future flight path, the more effectively air traffic control can manage the airspace and plan the aircraft’s route.

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The automatic transmission of aircraft route data aids in the upgrading of EU airspace. The first airspace in Europe to fully comply with the standards is Maastricht airspace (MUAC), where new aircraft from the Lufthansa Group will be allowed to use the new technology. The Lufthansa Group is collaborating with other providers of air navigation services to ensure that flying will be even more fuel-efficient in as many European airspaces as possible as soon as possible. The new technology is currently approved for use with the Airbus A330neo and A320 series of aircraft.

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