NextGen landing approaches improve Alaska's fuel efficiency

The Federal Aviation Administration has implemented NextGen satellite-guided arrivals and departures for Alaska Airlines at Seattle-Tacoma International and a few other airports. More than 90% of Alaska pilots use the GPS-guided landing approaches, which saved the carrier $17.6 million and 200,000 gallons of fuel last year because of greater efficiency. Alaska Air Chairman Bill Ayer said the Seattle project "proves what this technology can do," adding that he hopes it project will help advance NextGen across the country. The effort "certainly has needed a bit of a push," he said, "it still does."

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