An ultra-modern fleet
One reason for airberlin’s exceptional sustainability rating in comparison to competitors is the fact that we operate one of the newest fleets, with an average age of just 5 years, making our aircraft some of the quietest and most fuel-efficient in Europe. According to IATA, the average age of aircraft globally is nearly 14 years and in Europe 12 years. New aircraft are not only visually more appealing, they are also equipped with the latest technology, and are therefore safer and more reliable.
For the second year in a row, airberlin has been awarded the investment status of "prime" in the sustainability ratings of oekom research AG. Companies which fulfil the branch-specific minimum standards set by oekom research in the areas of ecology and social affairs receive "prime" status, and are therefore ranked among the leading companies in the field of transport and logistics in terms of oekom’s corporate ratings.
Our efforts to operate an exclusively new and safe fleet have been supported by airberlin’s fleet modernisation initiative which was begun in 2008. At that time the aging Fokker 100 aircraft were replaced by the more fuel-efficient Bombardier Q400 Turboprops. The Q400s work with the most up-to-date six-blade propeller turbines, which are very quiet. They are much more economical than jet engines of a similar size, reducing fuel consumption by 30% to 40%, while travel times remain roughly the same. In 2009 the Boeing B757 und B767 aircraft were also phased out and replaced by modern jets. In place of the older Boeing B737 Classic aircraft airberlin introduced the Boeing B737 Next Generation model and the Airbus A320 Family, which are both more fuel-efficient. In the spring of 2010 the fleet structure was further updated, with the last of the old type Boeing B737-300 aircraft being replaced by the more modern version, the Boeing B737-700.
With its ultra-modern fleet airberlin contributes to a reduction in noise pollution in the air and on the ground. All new aircraft supplied to airberlin must, of course, meet the most stringent standards on noise emissions.