Go slow with Brussels Airlines
Belgian carrier to fly slower on European flights as it wants to save on its fuel bill.24 April 2008
BELGIUM - The Belgian flag carrier Brussels Airlines intends to fly more slowly on a number of its European flights. In this way the airline wants to save on its fuel bill.
The measure affects flights using Avro aircraft. Brussels Airlines has 28 such aircraft in its fleet.
The Avros will now fly at a speed of 0.69 mach instead of the usual 0.70 mach.
Flights should only arrive one or two minutes later than at present, but will see considerable cost-saving results.
Under this new measure, Brussels Airlines' fuel bill should amount to EUR 1.1 million in savings.
Rising fuel prices are pushing up airline costs.
The Dutch airline KLM increased its fuel surcharge this week.
Brussels Airlines is levying a EUR 25 surcharge on European flights, EUR 77 on long haul flights.
[flandersenews.be / Expatica]
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