Airlines Save Gas By Slowing Down, Just Like Drivers


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The airlines aren't in the best of shape these days with sky-high fuel prices, and are trying everything, except barrel-rolls to shake change out of our pockets, to save money. Now they are learning tricks from the hypermilers and slowing down to save fuel. Southwest Airlines will save $42 million in fuel this year by adding one to three minutes to each flight. Northwest Airlines cut their speed 10 MPH on a flight from Minneapolis to Paris and saved $535 in fuel, but added 8 minutes. Just what we needed: more time in the sardine can.

Soon they might be down to turboprop speed and we might have to re-think this whole short-haul flying thing. ::New York Times