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Three-Liter Airlines – Throwing for a Lupo

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How do airliners stack up against for fuel economy? A German air is trying to achieve efficiencies will make their at least as economical per passenger as the best economy cars.

have been pursuing an goal for the last 15 years, the car. That’s not 3 liters of displacement, but the use of only three of fuel for every 100 kilometers (62 traveled – about 78 miles per U. S. or 99 miles per imperial gallon. cars have done and better, but sometimes at the cost of comfort.

The Volkswagen Lupo (1.2 liters displacement, 61 for instance, came out in 1999, and was for its fuel economy, but not for its ride or passenger compartment. As small as a Geo with aluminum hood and to save weight, the car did manage record-breaking runs, including a around the world in 80 days that averaged over 110 mpg for the Audi introduced a plusher, A-2 using the same basic but its manufacturing expenses made it a econobox and a slow seller.

VW Lupo, as fuel efficient as a Generation 737?

American despite being bigger and than their European and counterparts, have been up in fuel economy, averaging 33 mpg for the last several years, to the Research and Innovative Technology of the Bureau of Transportation Statistics. moves to increase that to 54.5 mpg have been

Consider that a 54.5 mpg car four on board would 218 passenger miles per gallon, enough for the NASA 2011Green Challenge sponsored by Google, but too by half to qualify. Winning in that event averaged or over 400 pmpg at over 100 so one wonders what is possible in the future with existing

Airberlin Q-400

How Stuff notes that a Boeing 747 one gallon (four liters) of jet per second, or about five per mile (12 liters per kilometer). the site explains, this as bad as it sounds.

“…Consider that a 747 can as many as 568 people. Let’s it 500 people to take into the fact that not all seats on flights are occupied. A 747 is transporting 500 1 mile using 5 gallons of That means the plane is 0.01 gallons per person per In other words, the plane is 100 miles per gallon per person! The car gets about 25 miles per so the 747 is much better than a car one person, and compares favorably if there are four people in the Not bad when you consider that the 747 is at 550 miles per hour (900

According to Green Air Online.com. Germany’s second-largest airline, 3.5 liters per 100 passenger kilometers in 2011, compared to the industry of 4.7. The airline has a “young” with aircraft averaging 5.3 of age, compared to the industry of “just under” 14 years. The also has 60 pilots trained as coaches” who train others to and reduce fuel flow.

Air Online reports, “CEO Mehdorn said the airline had a pioneer on climate and environmental issues and was a role model for the Mehdorn explained there obvious economic and environmental at work in this equation.

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Next Generation 737-800 CFM turbines

Switching from Fokker 100 aircraft to more efficient Bombardier Q400 in 2008, the airline also its Boeing 757s and 767s Airbus A330s for short and has 15 Boeing 787-8s on order for hauls. Older 737 “classics” be replaced with Next 737-700s and -800s, each of will be equipped with “tech-insertion” engines that are fuel efficient and quieter the units they replace.

airberlin is moving to paperless replacing the up to 35 pounds of charts and plates pilots haul the cockpit with electric New lightweight catering trollies and seats reduce weight, and cargo containers will be causing airberlin to estimate of 30,000 liters (7,500 per year in fuel savings per and reduced carbon emissions of tons.

Other, operational help airberlin, a low-cost carrier, achieve lower use and better efficiencies. Pilots engines only when the is pushed back from the bridge, and use ground power of the airplane’s auxiliary power (APU) while at the bridge. taxi as much as possible only one engine.

In flight, “precise altitude and profiles are used to determine the cruise altitude for each The airline uses Lido software to calculate the most route.” The airline makes precision landings, even curved approaches to avoid and bad weather, and reduce noise and

Mehdorn also advocates fuels that do not affect stocks, better integration of air for greater efficiency, and oddly – better public relations to the flying public’s misunderstandings airlines’ “green-ness.”

An independent last year showed 14% of respondents could accurately how much fuel a modern aircraft uses to transport a a distance of 100kms – the correct being four litres. three quarters believed it to be 20 or litres, with the favoured being 40 litres, or roughly to 10 times more than an car.”

With organizations like and leaders like Hartmut that perception may change to a rational and accepting one – a win-win for the and the industry.

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