Toptal Finance Blog - Green for Take Off - Inside the Electric Airplane Industry


In 2018, United Airlines began printing its inflight magazine on lighter paper, cutting 1 ounce from each magazine to 6.85 ounces. At the time, United operated 744 mainline aircraft with an average seat capacity of ~210. This translates to a reduction of just ~13 pounds per flight—about the same weight as a scrawny Cavalier King Charles. Yet, United said this generated 170,000 gallons of fuel savings annually, translating to $290,000 in fuel costs. The lengths airlines go to reduce controllable expenses is truly mind-boggling.

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