United Airlines to save 320m litres of fuel

United has ordered the Boeing 787 Dreamliner
United has ordered the Boeing 787 Dreamliner

United Airlines has revealed that it is on track to save 85 million gallons (322m litres) of fuel in 2013.

If achieved, the savings would see the airline reduce its CO2 emissions by 828,750 metric tons and cut its fuel bill by approximately US$275m. Like most airlines, fuel is the United’s single largest expense, and the company has several initiatives in place that are focused on driving fuel efficiency.

“We are committed to reducing our fuel consumption and our environmental footprint,” said United’s chairman, president & CEO, Jeff Smisek. “I am proud of the actions we take every day throughout the year that help shape a more sustainable future for our customers, our co-workers and the communities we serve.”

United has already improved its fuel efficiency by 32% since 1994 through programmes such as improved flight planning, single engine taxiing, lighter onboard products, and use of ground power instead of the onboard auxiliary power unit while aircraft are parked.

The airline is also investing in a more fuel-efficient fleet to replace its older aircraft. It was the US launch customer for the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, and in 2012, United ordered 150 new Boeing 737 aircraft powered by fuel-efficient CFM engines, and United was the launch customer for the new ‘Split Scimitar Winglet’, – a wing extension for the B737 which helps to reduce drag and cut fuel burn by up to 25% per seat.


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