New Engine Could Rev Green Flight
Less fuel, emissions, and noise
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 26, 2008 10:20 AM CDT
Boeing says the 787 Dreamliner is 20 percent more fuel-efficient and produces 20 percent fewer emissions than similarly sized aircraft.   (Getty Images)
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(Newser) – In what is being hailed as the most exciting development in commercial aviation technology in years, Pratt & Whitney has developed a revolutionary jet engine that burns up to 15% less fuel and cuts carbon emissions by 1,500 tons per plane per year. The engine, which is also quieter and cheaper to maintain, could revolutionize the industry, reported Wired.

"For the next generation of single-aisle aircraft, there's no question that engine performance will be key," said a Pratt & Whitney spokesman. "Both economically and environmentally, this engine will deliver significant benefits."