In the cheap fuel era heavy seats and leg room were the norm. Free drinks, too.
While it hurts American motorists to go to the pump these days, in Scandinavia 8 U.S. dollars is the average for a gallon of gas and still it hasn't seem to slow most motorists down too much. But in transport-intensive industries saving fuel is prompting a number of new strategies.
Scandinavia Air Service (SAS) is washing its jet engines more often to save a bit of fuel during flights. Viking Lines ferries is steam spraying engines en route to cut CO2 emissions and fuel use. SAS is switching out heavier cabin seats for lighter models, and flying with less water on board. Kilos of manuals are being replaced with online versions. Each ton of weight removed translates to about 3 -4 percent reduced fuel costs. Switching to lighter seats on an Airbus 321 for example, saved 1.3 tons of weight. SAS has also been pivotal in so-called "green landings" which as they are precision controlled, have the ability to reduce a flight's circling time and thus its fuel use. Thus far the airline hasn't wanted to restrict the weight of passenger baggage, but has said that a duty-free system where purchases are made after flight instead of pre-flight could be a good fuel saver. Sweden's largest messenger service, Box, has hired a full time "savings coach" that instructs drivers on eco driving. And at IKEA, always a savings-oriented leader, flat pack design for all goods is being further stressed to reduce costs. Via ::E24 (Swedish)