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We are transforming American on a fundamental level by investing in new aircraft. By retiring older, inefficient aircraft and replacing them with more fuel-efficient aircraft in a variety of sizes, we are reducing emissions and fuel costs while at the same time better serving our customers and meeting individual market demand.
In the fourth quarter of 2012, the size of American's fleet of Boeing 737-800s surpassed that of its McDonnell Douglas MD-80s. 737-800s can carry more passengers while using less fuel than MD-80 aircraft, resulting in a 35 percent improvement in fuel efficiency per seat.
We're changing the way we fly as we build toward the youngest fleet in five years among the five largest U.S. airlines.
For complete information, please visit our New Planes webpage.
In July 2011, we committed one of our brand new 737-800s to our partners at Boeing to serve as a flying testbed to reduce fuel consumption and limit aircraft noise using environmentally progressive technologies. In 2012, the ecoDemonstrator plane underwent extensive flight-testing focused on evaluating specialized innovations such as:
In support of the ecoDemonstrator environmental objectives, a biofuel made from recycled cooking oil was used during the ecoDemonstrator flights. This type of fuel generally results in a 60 - 80 percent reduction in life-cycle GHG emissions and, when economically viable, could contribute greatly to American's goal of reducing its carbon footprint.
For complete information, please visit the ecoDemonstrator webpage.