Lightweight interiors crucial to reduce spiraling airline fuel costs

Airlines are under pressure to find innovative ways to minimise fuel costs, with the adoption of lightweight aircraft interior materials, says Swiss-based company.

The Tisca Tiara group, a Swiss textiles developer and manufacturer for the aircraft interiors segment, said that nearly all carriers - even low-cost airlines - are looking for ways to run their operations more efficiently without compromising their services.

Cabin weight reduction is one of the solutions, and something that is already being implemented as many players in the aircraft interiors design field are looking at long-term effective measures to save kilograms.

"Fuel costs are spiraling for the entire industry, which is having a significant impact on many operators' bottom lines. These rising operating costs are forcing airlines to get creative in their thinking and to examine new ways of reducing their fuel consumption,"? said Matthias Tischhauser, division manager - mobility textiles, Tisca Tiara Group.

In light of these findings, the Tisca Tiara Group recently developed an innovative new lightweight carpet, amounting to a 25% weight saving compared to standard aircraft carpets.

With industry figures reporting that a plane saves 34 000 litres of fuel per year for each kilogram less in weight per seat, this can be a major plus for operators'. "Airlines are being forced to increase their fuel surcharges to meet swelling prices, however this can't continue forever as passengers won't be able to afford to travel. As such, airlines need to look at innovative ways to reduce aircraft weight,"? said Tischhauser.

"One such solution is in the materials used on board. The utilisation of our weight reduction textiles for example, results in significant kerosene savings for airline operators, which again leads to a decisive reduction of running costs. Furthermore these kerosene savings help to protect the environment,"? he added.

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