Aircraft humidity control systems company, CTT Systems AB (“CTT”), has announced an order with an undisclosed airline to retrofit its Anti-Fuselage-Condensation system in four Airbus A321 aircraft. The system is designed to remove trapped water in blankets, keep the crown area dry, and prevent unwanted excess weight from water accumulation.
“Weight-saving actions and measures are a top priority for all airlines,” said Peter Landquist, CTT’s VP of sales, adding that the system addresses the root-cause of fuselage condensation issues and eliminates related weight gain.
“I recognise growing interest from airlines that do not accept operating with excess weight from moisture build-up in the fuselage. The sustainability benefits of our system also appeal to airline stakeholders, such as passengers, owners and politicians (especially those with financial support to airlines), that require airlines take all actions and measures available in order to reduce CO2 emissions. During my long career at CTT, a kilogram of less excess weight onboard has never been “worth more” than it is today,” he added.
According to CTT, a 300 kg weight reduction on an Airbus A321 aircraft generates the following advantages: reducing fuel burn by an estimated 0.6%; cutting CO2 emissions by approximately 95 tons per aircraft per year with fuel savings of around 38,000 litres per year; higher operational reliability from lowered moisture-related faults in electrical equipment (reduced out-of-service time and repair costs); and a lower rate of insulation blanket replacement.