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OAG: The Complexity of Making an Airline Route Fuel Efficient

Does it matter when airlines operate different aircraft types on a route?

In this, the second in a series of blogs about how aviation data can be used to support greener decision-making, we take a look at some of the reasons why airlines can’t always use their most efficient aircraft on a route, and whether this is or should be an issue for travellers choosing which flight to take. While those in the industry will know that the fleet mix for each airline is unique, with some airlines operating much newer and more fuel efficient aircraft than others, this information isn’t readily available to consumers if they wanted to factor it into their choices.

Here, we ask whether it should matter to a traveller whether an airline operates multiple different aircraft types on a route. Would it help consumers if they understood more about the relative performance of each aircraft or would that information be meaningless without an understanding of the other factors at play in airline fleet…

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