UPS has added winglets to its Boeing 767 fleet to reduce fuel consumption by 4% on each 767 flight, the company said. UPS also estimates the winglets will save more than 6 million gallons of fuel per year.
Richard B. Hirst, executive vice president and chief legal officer of Delta Air Lines, wrote a letter to the editor of Forbes magazine. Hirst clarified that Delta does not oppose the Export-Import Bank's existence, but does oppose its practice of financing aircraft for foreign airlines. "Our opposition is limited to the Bank's financing of widebody aircraft sales to foreign airlines which are owned or subsidized by their governments, or which otherwise could finance these aircraft in the private market," Hirst wrote.
The Airbus A350 XWB jetliner is preparing for its first flight this summer. The aircraft was captured in photographs with its engines attached for the first time. The A350 is scheduled for delivery to airlines in the second half of 2014.
Southwest Airlines is moving to a "point-to-point style operation" for Atlanta, which formerly served as a hub for AirTran. The carrier also announced it is adding service to three airports. The carrier will begin flights to Richmond, Va., Pensacola, Fla., and Memphis, Tenn.
Nancy Young, vice president of environmental affairs for Airlines for America, said the airline industry only accounts for 2% of carbon emissions in the U.S. today. Since 1978, fuel efficiency for airlines has improved by 120%. "It's the equivalent of taking 22 million cars off the road each year," she said.