Airlines’ go to extremes to cut aircraft weight

Cutting a gram here, a gram there reduces fuel spend

Airlines are going to even greater lengths to save costs by cutting weight and reduce fuel expenditure, Mail Online reports.

In general, cockpits are becoming “paperless”, new technology is replacing heavy on-board entertainment systems, food trolleys are lighter and toilet facilities are shrinking in size to make way for a few extra seats. Having hotter water on board apparently cuts dirt on equipment and saves on replacements.

Qantas Airways recently launched a series of cuts in a bid to maximise profits as possible, including less legroom, narrower aisles and smaller toilets. It may also eject life-rafts on overland flights, and like other airlines employ.

While taxiing, British Airways pilots shut down one engine wherever possible. BA has also descaled its Boeings’ toilet pipes, bringing €800,000 in fuel savings.

Samoan Air began to charge passengers according to their weight in 2013. Indian low-cost carrier GoAir employs only female flight attendants as they tend to be lighter than men.

Mail Online

[photo courtesy Qantas]


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