British low cost carrier easyJet has unveiled a new aircraft design dubbed the "ecoJet" as part of a comprehensive plan to cut air-travel related carbon emissions in half by 2015. CEO of easyJet Andy Harrison reports that Boeing and Airbus are both interested in producing it.
"This is not Star Trek. This is the future," Harrison said. "If it were to be made available today, we would order hundreds of them for fleett replacement. We are currently spending 4 billion pounds (USD $7.88 billion) on aircraft -- they are listening to us."
Similar in design to the ultra-efficient Piaggio Avanti and the Boeing "Fozzie", the rear-mount "push style" placement of the engines improves the efficiency of the wings by removing them from the engine's wake. A combination of lightweight materials, smaller and more aerodynamic designs, and fuel sipping external rotor engines - capable of today's outputs but consuming 25% less fuel - all add up to savings of about 40%. Additional efficiencies are expected to come from "air traffic control improvements". This comes on the same day Airbus announced green targets for a 50% reduction in CO2 emissions for their aircraft and a 30% decrease in company-wide energy consumption by 2020.
via MSNBC and Airwise News
written by Adam, June 17, 2007
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