What we’re reading: biofuel cuts emissions and fuel burn, Delta offers voluntary buyouts, no high heels in Greece


Air New Zealand biofuel flight data cuts CO2 emissions

At the ATW Eco-Aviation conference in Washington, Air New Zealand revealed its biofuel flight data.

[D]ata gathered from the 2-hr. flight show that a 50/50 blend of jatropha-based fuel and standard jet fuel could reduce fuel burn by 1.2% and carbon dioxide emissions by 60%-75% on an average 12-hr. 747 flight.

Extrapolating data from the flight, ANZ believes a 12-hr. 747 flight powered by the fuel blend would yield fuel savings of 1.43 tons and a CO2 emissions reduction of 4.5 tons compared to a similar flight powered today by traditional jet fuel.

Delta offers voluntary buyouts for pilots

On Thursday, Delta said it is offering “voluntary retirement packages to pilots as it looks to cut costs.”

Lee Moak, chairman of the Delta pilot union’s executive committee, said in a Wednesday memo that enrollment in the plan would run from June 1 through July 15. He added that pilots who elect to depart could receive up to nine months of severance pay and other benefits.

Greece says leave your high heels at home

If you plan on visiting Greece this summer, don’t bring your high heels.

Eleni Korka, Director of Greek Prehistoric and Classical Antiquities said: ‘Female visitors must wear shoes that do not wound the monuments.

‘These monuments have a skin that suffers and people must realize that.’