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Program identifies most direct routes for aircraft

October 27, 2010, 09:13 am

Fuel efficiency is a key way airlines can reduce costs and be less harmful to the environment. In addition to using more modern equipment that requires less gas, flying in a direct path can also cut fuel usage.

Sometimes an aircraft cannot take the most direct route to its destination because of traffic or weather conditions. Boeing has created a program called InFlight, which offers two services. One service checks for direct routes and potential traffic conflict while the other researches climate conditions. The company estimates that the service can equate to more than 40,000 minutes of time saved per year for an airline.

Flight Services vice president Sherry Carbary says the product offers an array of benefits to consumers.

"We are bringing to market easy-to-implement solutions to help our customers reach new levels of operational and environmental efficiency by reducing cost, fuel use and CO2 emissions," says Carbary.

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change says 2 percent of man-made carbon dioxide emissions stem from aviation. Furthermore, the pollutant is known for its global warming effects. Such numbers could grow as air travel increases.

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