United hopes to cut fuel burn in variable altitude test

06/4/2010 | Chicago Tribune (tiered subscription model)

United Airlines hopes to demonstrate a 3% reduction in fuel burn during two test flights this weekend between Chicago and Frankfurt, Germany. By allowing pilots of the Boeing 777 to vary their cruising altitude as much as 3,000 feet in search of optimal conditions, United believes it will save about 940 gallons of fuel.

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