"It's one small step for mankind," said air traffic services provider Airways New Zealand CEO Ashley Smout following the arrival of Air New Zealand Flight 8, the first "gate-to-gate optimized flight," at San Francisco International Friday. The 777-200ER flight, dubbed ASPIRE 1 (Asia and South Pacific Initiative to Reduce Emissions), started in Auckland and consumed 4,600 litres less fuel than normal using a host of strategies to minimize fuel usage. That ...

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