Tow to Runway -- Conserve Tons of Fuel Each Flight

It is hard to believe that there is a sure and simple way for airlines to save fuel and reduce emissions significantly and that almost no one is doing anything about it.  All that needs to be done is to tow each airplane to the runway. 

Not only will airports become much less noisy, but on average approximately 2 tons of fuel would be saved for each flight towed.  When one considers how many flights there are per day in the United States and abroad, the fuel, cost, and emissions savings from introducing this change are enormous.  How long will it take for this simple fix to happen?

The good news is that, as we speak, Virgin Atlantic (anyone surprised?) is testing out towing of its planes to the runways. 

Ari Socolow
Ari Socolow: Ari Socolow is the Chief Economist and Editor-in-Chief at BestCashCow. He is particularly interested in issues relating to financial literacy and bank transparency. Since co-founding this website in 2005, Ari has been frequently cited in the media as an expert on local and national savings accounts, CD products, mortgage and loan products and credit card rewards products.

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