How Lufthansa Industry Solutions is looking to use AI to reduce food waste
But the much bigger problem is food waste. According to the International Air Transport Association (IATA), the airline industry generates more than six tons of waste on planes annually. And 20-25% of cabin waste is untouched food and drinks. This is not a good look for an industry with big sustainability promises. So what is the solution?
An IT consulting firm and 100% subsidiary of Lufthansa, Lufthansa Industry Solutions, is currently developing an AI-based solution that detects untouched or partially eaten foods as well as any unwanted supplements.
The airline will use AI food detectors to take pictures of the food trays returned after each flight. These images will then be analyzed by an AI computer vision system, which will identify components of the meal that were not fully eaten. The system will also measure the weight of leftovers, giving a clear idea of the amount of waste generated.
The technology is being developed in collaboration with Lufthansa Group Clean Tech Hub, Lufthansa Airlines, Swiss and Eurowings Discover, as well as Lufthansa Industry Solutions (LHIND).
This new system will help the airline tailor their meals to the specific needs and preferences of each flight, reducing the amount of food returned. It will also identify any quality issues or less popular food choices, allowing the airline to make improvements where necessary.
It’s not ready until 2024
Commenting on Simple Flying, a spokesperson for Lufthansa Industry Solutions said the company’s AI-driven solution to reduce food waste on board is currently in development and has just passed its Minimum Viable Product (MVP) stage at the end of last year for evaluation. feasibility and potential impact. Commenting on the upcoming solution to reduce food waste, a Simple Flying spokesperson said:
“Currently, a Lufthansa airline task force is preparing a roadmap for the project, which includes further pilot testing over the course of this year. Lufthansa Industry Solutions sees reducing food waste as one of the key themes and a significant contributing factor to being able to reach its sustainability goals. environmental.”
However, Lufthansa’s Food Waste AI will likely not be available before 2024. The company still needs to provide specific numbers on how much waste reduction it can achieve. However, preliminary estimates indicate that the application of the technology could save 5-10% of the total food produced for flights, added Lufthansa Industry Solutions.
It is worth noting that Lufthansa is not the only one looking into this technology to reduce food waste. Other airlines, such as Emirates and Etihad Airways, have also committed to reducing food waste on board by applying similar AI technology.
- IATA/ICAO Code:
- Airline type:
- full service carrier
- Frankfurt Airport, Munich Airport
- Year Founded:
- Star Alliance
- Airlines group:
- Lufthansa Group
- Carsten Spoor