The German start-up company TANKERING.com provides advanced flight performance optimization methods to reduce aircraft fuel consumption and cost.
The target group is commercial aircraft operators such as airlines and business jet operators.
TANKERING.com has developed a fuel tankering method which can reduce aircraft fuel cost by an average of 3%, in some cases up to 7%. The method takes advantage of fuel price differences between the airports. More fuel is uploaded in inexpensive locations to reduce fuel demand in expensive locations.
A practical application to solve this problem is very complex due to the many variables: aircraft type and the individual aircraft limitations, flight profile and weather, distance between airports, fuel prices, currency fluctuations, etc.
The product simplifies a very complex and work intensive calculation, and is currently offered as a web-based standalone solution.
Further developments including integration with existing flight planning systems and the European carbon trading scheme are in preparation.
From space to industry
Fundamental to all optimization efforts is to have accurate and current input data, as long as accurate prediction models. This is particularly challenging for a mobile platform such as an aircraft which can only communicate worldwide with the use of satellite technology.
The input data required to optimized a particular flight is constantly changing, even when the aircraft is in flight, and a flexible and robust solution must be employed to efficiently iterate and refine the plan.
ESA Business Incubation
TANKERING.com is hosted at ESA BIC Oberpfaffenhofen from January 2011 to December 2012.
Friedrichshafener Straße 1
Last update: 12 April 2011