The airline has cut contingency fuel from 5% to 3% and decreased aircraft weight by reducing the amount of water, the weight of food carts, and the magazines on board. (Ed. note: What heavy magazines were they carrying, back issues of Vogue?) Air India also now flies in a straight line at optimal altitudes and speed, practices a “continuous descent” approach during landing, uses a single engine during taxiing, and derives pre-flight power from sources on the ground.
As a result of these measures, the airline expects to reduce its annual fuel use by 12 billion gallons, cut carbon emissions by 160,000 tons, and save $16 million.
[Via Cleantech Group]