The components of the Climb 2011 project were largely completed in 2011, so that the intended reduction in unit costs could take effect from 2012. The operating areas did not meet the earnings targets for 2011 because of additional expenses like the air traffic tax, but compared with the previous year productivity was increased across the board. The new contracts with internal and external providers already made a major contribution to cutting costs in 2011.
The retirement of the 50-seater fleet was implemented by July 2011, and brought sustainable improvements to the unit costs in the regional segment. By the end of 2011 a sustainable earnings contribution of EUR 640m in saved costs was achieved thanks to Climb 2011.