Aviation Industry Focuses on Fuel Efficiency through Remodelling of Aircraft Wings


Published Date : Apr 11, 2016

The growing awareness about carbon emissions and stringent government regulations have stressed on the need for efficient carriers that promote fuel savings and reduce emissions. Even though the carbon emissions from aircrafts account for only 2% of the overall emissions, the aviation industry is taking initiatives towards carbon-neutral growth that will augment the growth of the global aerospace and defense fuel market in the coming years. The global aerospace and defense fuel market has witnessed a steady demand in the recent years owing to the positive economic growth worldwide and the rising demand for aircrafts from the emerging economies such as India and China. While the emergence of low cost airlines has boosted the demand for aviation fuel from the commercial sector, the growing need for surveillance aircrafts and pilot training has created opportunity for the growth of the market across the defense sector. 

United Airlines Starts Using Aviation Bio-Fuel

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Boeing Partners with NASA to Develop Super-Thin Aircraft Wings

Due to the volatility in the prices of aviation fuel, aircraft manufacturers such as Boeing are working on remodelling the wings of aircraft to increase fuel efficiency. Boeing has partnered with NASA to develop supra-thin aircraft wings that are expected to half the fuel bills. The Advanced Air Transport Technology Project by NASA is bringing about energy efficient improvements in aircrafts. Engineers are analyzing the results and are planning to explore the design of the wings.