*Alaska Sells 20 MD-80's*(by Laxintl Jul 3 2007 in Civil Aviation)

[ When the last MD-80 leaves the airline late next year, Alaska Airlines will have an all-737 fleet that is one of the youngest in the industry.

“The 737-800 is a much more fuel-efficient aircraft,” said Brad Tilden, executive vice president of finance and real estate. “If you think in terms of the family car, a 737-800 gets 80 seat miles per gallon of jet fuel, compared to 55 seat miles per gallon for an MD-80.” ]

Dividing a typical car into 4 passengers then a 737 is roughly compatible on a trip with a 4 passenger sedan that gives 20 mpg with a full load of 4 and luggage.

This is definitely making progress and is pretty impressive. Would be curious as to these estimates for the A380, 350, 77W, 787 and 748.