Slowing Down To 532 MPH

Some airlines are slowing down their flights to save fuel, the Associated Press reports.

For example, a Northwest Airlines saved 162 gallons of fuel worth $535 by slowing down from 542 mph to 532 mph on a recent flight from Paris to Minneapolis. The change added eight minutes to the flying time.

Southwest Airlines figures it will save $42 million in fuel this year by slowing down each flight enough to extend it by one to three minutes.

I guess I don’t mind so long as the jet goes fast enough to stay in the air.

(And I don’t mean to pick on the AP, which is a fine news organization, but I did notice that the story repeatedly referred to planes “flying slower.” I believe they would be flying more slowly.)


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