Lufthansa uses big data to make future cargo flights more efficient

Published: Wednesday, June 21, 2017

With its OMEGA project – using big data to reduce carbon emissions – Lufthansa Cargo has garnered the DQS German Award for Excellence in the Environmental Responsibility category. The award winners were announced at the DQS Sustainability Conference 2017 on 17 May, which took place at Maritim Hotel Düsseldorf. To further encourage businesses to make a commitment to the environment, DQS has launched awards for specific corporate activities. The awards are conferred in different categories with a focus on sustainability, including Sustainable Leadership, Responsible Sourcing, Social Engagement (International)
and Environmental Responsibility.

The Ops Monitor and Efficiency Gap Analyser (OMEGA) is a tool that uses data collected during cargo flights to make future flights more efficient. Hence, the tool pays directly into Lufthansa Cargo’s environmental responsibility strategy. By comparing projected, actual and optimal values, it provides key information for reducing fuel consumption and carbon emissions. Pilots can use the analysis to optimally prepare for a flight and identify any deviations from the plan early on. The software was developed by software specialist Aviaso together with Lufthansa. Special applications have been added for Lufthansa Cargo, such as
in the area of trim evaluation.

Significant carbon reductions have already been achieved in recent years by modernising the fleet and reducing on-board weight, to name a few examples.