The Lufthansa Group is expanding its longstanding commitment to climate research and, together with Forschungszentrum Jülich, has equipped a third aircraft in its collective fleet with instrumentation. Eurowings Discover’s Airbus A330 now collects atmospheric measurement data continuously. The converted long-haul aircraft of Lufthansa Group’s D-AIKE-registered holiday airline, “Kilo-Echo”, flies on scheduled flights all over the world – with destinations in North America, the Caribbean, the Indian Ocean and Africa.
Lufthansa has been operating two long-haul aircraft equipped with the European research project IAGOS (Aircraft in Service for a Global Observing System) telemetry system for more than seven years. With the additional A330 now available, the Lufthansa Group will in the future collect climate data for science on additional flight routes around the world.
“We are proud to be able to support the IAGOS project with a third, long-range aircraft. The data collected from our aircraft over the past 30 years have contributed significantly to building one of the most comprehensive data sets in the world for ozone and water vapor content in the atmosphere,” says Christina Forster, Member Board of Directors Branding and Sustainability at the Lufthansa Group, With our commitment, we are making an important contribution to climate research.
Under the leadership of the Forschungszentrum Jülich, IAGOS brings together the expertise of partners from research, weather services, the aviation industry and airlines. IAGOS Germany is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research.
“Thanks to the long-term support of the Lufthansa Group, IAGOS has been able to develop into a research infrastructure of international standing and occupies a central place in the global atmospheric observing system. We welcome the “Kilo-Echo” as a new member of the family and look forward to further intensifying our cooperation with the Lufthansa Group. We hope Our measurements may also contribute to reducing the climatic impact of air traffic in the future, says Professor Andreas Petzold, coordinator of IAGOS Germany at Forschungszentrum Jülich.
The European Research Project’s pressurized system is permanently installed below the cockpit of the aircraft. A short connection leads from there to two measuring probes mounted in the fuselage. After each flight, the recorded measurement data is automatically sent to the central database of the CNRS Research Center (National Center for Scientific Research) in Toulouse. It is freely accessible and open to global research and is currently used by about 300 organizations worldwide. They help researchers gain new insights into climate evolution and atmospheric composition and identify long-term changes, to make climate models more accurate and to improve weather forecasts.
30 thousand Lufthansa flights for climate research
The first IAGOS aircraft of the Lufthansa Group, the Airbus A340-300 “D-AIGT”, has been in service since July 8, 2011. On this day, Lufthansa was the first airline in the world to start using the new IAGOS measurement system. The previous MOZAIC system was also installed on two Lufthansa Airbus A340-300 aircraft and reliably collected measurement data during flights up to 2014. In February 2015, Lufthansa’s second IAGOS system was installed on an Airbus A330-300 “D-AIKO”. Together with the converted third aircraft, a total of ten aircraft at seven airlines worldwide will be equipped with the IAGOS system. Almost half of the more than 60,000 flights with MOZAIC and IAGOS gauges have been operated by Lufthansa.