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July 09, 2008

Marathon Flights Tiring Early

The Daily Traveler's editors don't brag about being mathematical geniuses (we live and die by our calculators), but it seems obvious to us that a straight line is the most efficient way to get from point A to point B. When it comes to air travel, though, this is not the case--neither economically nor environmentally.

The Wall Street Journal says airlines are cutting long intercontinental flights to save on fuel costs because, for example, "a passenger on a 15-hour flight uses more fuel for each mile of the trip than someone on an eight-hour trip, but the airfare per mile generally doesn't rise proportionally."

Boeing's 787 Dreamliner has been hyped as the industry's magic (green) bullet, but the release of this super-efficient plane has been delayed by software glitches and hiccups in assembly production. The airliner's target launch date is now early 2009.

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