SWISS Introduces World's First Fully AeroSHARK-Equipped Fleet for Enhanced Travel Experience

By Ivan PetrenkoMay 17, 2024 21:30 PMNews
Close-up of a SWISS plane in flight from below
AeroSHARK technology propels SWISS sustainability forward. Source: unsplash

SWISS International Air Lines has achieved a significant milestone in the aviation industry by becoming the first airline globally to equip its entire Boeing 777-300ER fleet with AeroSHARK, a revolutionary technology that mimics shark skin to enhance fuel efficiency and reduce carbon emissions. This upgrade not only underscores SWISS's commitment to sustainability but also promises an improved travel experience for its passengers.

Over the past 18 months, SWISS has systematically applied the AeroSHARK film to the fuselage and engine nacelles of all 12 aircraft in its long-haul fleet. This innovative film features tiny riblets that align with the direction of airflow, effectively reducing air resistance during flight. The result is a smoother and potentially faster flight, as the reduced drag helps the aircraft operate more efficiently.

The implementation of AeroSHARK technology began with the world's first scheduled flight using this equipment in October 2022. Since then, SWISS has reported a reduction in fuel consumption by over 2,200 tonnes, leading to a decrease in carbon emissions by approximately 7,100 tonnes. These figures not only contribute to a greener planet but also enhance the operational efficiency of SWISS's flights, potentially leading to more on-time arrivals and an overall better travel experience for passengers.

Claus Bauer, SWISS's Head of Technical Fleet Management, shared his enthusiasm about the project's impact. "We are very pleased with the results that we have achieved with AeroSHARK to date," he remarked. The meticulous application process for each aircraft takes about a week, requiring precision and expertise from the SWISS technical team.

By pioneering the use of AeroSHARK, SWISS sets a new standard in the aviation industry for environmental and operational excellence. This advancement is not just about sustainability; it's also about enhancing the comfort and efficiency of air travel for passengers. As travelers increasingly look for eco-friendly travel options, SWISS's fully AeroSHARK-equipped fleet stands out as a forward-thinking choice, demonstrating that responsible travel and innovative technology can go hand in hand.

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