Seattle USA-based carrier Alaska Airlines (NYSE: ALK) said it has been ranked No 1 in fuel efficiency in a report released by the International Council on Clean Transportation, a nonprofit research organization based in Washington DC.
The ICCT study is the first to quantify fuel performance for US airlines, Alaska said.
Alaska, along with its regional partner Horizon Air, led all 15 mainline US carriers as the most fuel-efficient airline operating in the United States in 2010, outperforming the least fuel-efficient carrier by 26%.
According to the carrier, the ICCT study looked at fuel-consumption data reported annually by airlines to the US Bureau of Transportation Statistics.
The study employed methodology developed by a team of researchers at the Federal Aviation Administration´s National Center of Excellence for Aviation Operations Research (NEXTOR) at the University of California, Berkeley, to evaluate fuel efficiency based on passenger miles between origin and destination as well as airports served and/or flight frequency.
Researchers looked at fuel burned and identified inefficiencies, such as the use of older technology, circuitous routing and taxiing with two engines instead of one.
By improving its fuel efficiency in recent years, Alaska Airlines said it reduced its carbon emissions by 30% (measured by flying one passenger one mile). This reduction was accomplished through a variety of measures–most notably by migrating to exclusively flying the Boeing (NYSE: BA) 737 and Bombardier Q400, the most fuel-efficient aircraft in their classes.
Alaska Airlines, together with its partner regional airlines, serves 95 cities through an expansive network in Alaska, the Lower 48, Hawaii, Canada and Mexico. Alaska
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