21 Jul '11, 4pm

American Airlines Bets Billions on Greener Jets

American Airlines Bets Billions on Greener Jets

The Boeing and Airbus aircraft entering American Airlines' fleet in 2013 will be 35 percent more efficient than the MD-80s they are replacing, while the re-engined 737 and A320 neos going into service after 2017 are expected to be at least 15 percent more fuel efficient than those. American plans to replace 240 MD-80s. "If we replace all of those with just the existing 737s, the ones we have on order, we'll see a 35 percent improvement in fuel usage," he said. "Some of the Airbus models we've contracted for today also will share that kind of improvement. Where life gets interesting is in 2015, 2016, or 2017 when we start taking delivery of Airbus A320 neos. Those airplanes will be 15 to 20 percent more efficient than the 737s we're flying now." Although the environmental benefits of the new aircraft will enhance American Airlines' environmental profile, it's the economics ...

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