SWISS’s investments reap environmental rewards


SWISS performed its flight operations in 2010 with a specific fuel consumption of just 3.73 litres per 100 passenger-kilometres – an improvement of some 3.9% on the 3.88 litres of 2009. The reduction is the result of various ecological endeavours on the airline’s part, including billions of francs of investment in a young and efficient aircraft fleet.

“Maintaining a responsible attitude towards the environment has been a cornerstone of our corporate culture for several years now,” comments SWISS CEO Harry Hohmeister. “This sizeable reduction in our kerosene consumption shows just how seriously we take our task of making mobility as ecofriendly as possible. SWISS’s specific fuel emissions are among the lowest in the industry; and this confirms to us that our investments in environmental care are well worthwhile.”

SWISS has reduced its specific fuel consumption per 100 passenger-kilometres by over 17% since the company was established in 2002. The airline is also firmly dedicated to sustainably further improving its ecological efficiency, by investing in new lower-emission technologies, taking operational steps and ensuring the highest possible load factors aboard its flights. To take one example, SWISS embarked on a programme in 2009 to replace its Airbus A330-200 fleet with the advanced A330-300, which consumes 12% less fuel per passenger.

Sustainable growth, with less noise and lower fuel burn

Some two-thirds of all of SWISS’s investments will be devoted to technological innovations in the next few years. And these will help further substantially reduce the airline’s specific carbon dioxide and noise emissions.

From 2014 onwards, SWISS will be replacing its present Avro RJ100 short-haul fleet with aircraft of the new Bombardier CSeries. The new-generation jets feature engines that are twice as quiet as those of the RJ100 and burn 25% less fuel. As launching carrier with an order for 30 CSeries aircraft, SWISS is a driving force in the development and introduction of this advanced new regional twinjet.