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Why Does This Continental Plane Use Less Fuel?  
User currently offlinedcaord From United States of America, joined Nov 2010, 26 posts, RR: 0
Posted (3 years 7 months 2 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 11757 times:

According to this tweet by Boeing and Continental, the airline is now using a "special" plane that uses "2% less fuel". The tweet says, guess why?

Well...does anyone know why/how?

Here is a ling to the tweet/picture.
http://twitpic.com/3r8nlo

Thanks!

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User currently offlinetistpaa727 From United States of America, joined May 2007, 327 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (3 years 7 months 2 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 11623 times:
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Its the new CFM56-7BE engine. See here:
http://www.boeing.com/Features/2011/...a_fuel-efficient_737_01_18_11.html



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User currently offlinejoost From Netherlands, joined Apr 2005, 3167 posts, RR: 4
Reply 2, posted (3 years 7 months 2 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 11591 times:

Maybe this plane is featuring the new CFM56-7BE engine version? However, per http://www.cfm56.com/products/cfm56-7b , this engine is only to be introduced mid 2011.

Might this be a test plane in CO/UA livery?


User currently offlineViscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 25170 posts, RR: 22
Reply 3, posted (3 years 7 months 2 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 11496 times:

Quoting joost (Reply 2):
Might this be a test plane in CO/UA livery?

I believe Boeing leased the aircraft from CO sometime last year for test purposes.


User currently offlinetdscanuck From Canada, joined Jan 2006, 12709 posts, RR: 80
Reply 4, posted (3 years 7 months 2 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 10610 times:

Quoting joost (Reply 2):
Might this be a test plane in CO/UA livery?

The text of the linked tweet explicitly says "This picture is from this past weekend when it took off from Seattle for a test flight." You can see that plane on the BFI ramp from I-5...it's not flying out of SEA, which means it's running for Boeing, not United.

Tom.


User currently offlineKC135TopBoom From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 12138 posts, RR: 51
Reply 5, posted (3 years 7 months 2 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 9701 times:

Boeing announced the flight test program and STC for the aero-dynamic improvements a few months ago. These not only include the newer engines, but more small improvements, like the lighter weight sky interior, newly designed anti-collision strobe lights, etc. These will all be 'standard equipment' on newe build B-737NGs and account for at least a 2% reduction in fuel burn.

User currently offlineRising From United States of America, joined May 2010, 269 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (3 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 1589 times:

Until I read the article I got nervous and thought it was about how they switched this baby to gas from charcoal.  



If it doesn't make sense, it's because it's not true.
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