Case Study —

Lufthansa AG

Strategic Partnership between Leading Airline and CCU Technology Start-up for CO2 Reduced Aviation Fuels as Means for Innovation Acquisition

Airline Industry
Lufthansa AG
CBR Role
SAF Expert & Technology Advisor


  • Strategic partnership between the inventor of a patented process to produce CO2-reduced synthetic fuels and Lufthansa AG, Europe’s leading Airline company
  • Common R&D project together with an external development consortium to develop and drive the innovative technology to market maturity for industrial-scale Sustainable Aviation Fuels (SAF) production


  • Realizing opportunities for significant reductions of CO2 emissions to fulfill the IATA and CORSIA objectives and to avoid future CO2 penalties
  • Securing long-term access to cost-efficient Sustainable Aviation Fuels (SAF) and independence from oil price volatility


  • Mediation between large corporation decision and action patterns compared to technology start-up needs for agility and speed
  • Balancing of long-term innovation cycles and rewarding vs. short-term results-oriented actions within constantly changing external market conditions


"I had the pleasure of working together with CBR in several airline projects. Their deep understanding of our industry and excellent analytic skills made them a very valuable contributor in all aspects."

Kay Kratky, Ex-CEO Austrian Airlines, Supervisory Board Member of SAS and President of aireg (Aviation Initiative for Renewable Energy in Germany)

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