Southwest Introduces ‘Green’ Jet

ecoplane-pilotSouthwest Airlines is flying a jet refurbished with lightweight, recycled cabin materials from Dallas to Seattle today.

The Boeing 737, which Southwest calls  its “green plane,”  is 520 pounds lighter than the airline’s standard jet. It doesn’t sound like much — the equivalent of just a few hefty passengers — but it will save 10,000 gallons of fuel a year, and cause a corresponding drop in carbon emissions, Southwest CEO Gary Kelly announced at the airline’s Media Day in Dallas.

Southwest Airlines is flying a jet refurbished with lightweight, recycled cabin materials to Seattle today.

The Boeing 737, which Southwest calls  its “green plane,”  is 520 pounds lighter than the airline’s standard jet. It doesn’t sound like much — the equivalent of just a few hefty passengers — but it will save 10,000 gallons of fuel a year, and cause a corresponding drop in carbon emissions, Southwest CEO Gary Kelly announced at the airline’s Media Day in Dallas.

The materials, including lighter carpets and seat components, are also recycled and environmentally friendly. Southwest has also introduced new coffee, in paper cups replacing environmentally unfriendly Styrofoam.

Southwest is also reconfirming its emphasis on RNP — required navigation performance — a form of precision navigation that saves fuel and money while reducing carbon emissions. The company says it will spend $175 million to equip its entire fleet and train all its pilots for RNP.

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