easyJet has announced it is using a nano-technology coating on its aircraft aimed at reducing drag and increasing fiel efficiency.
The ultra thin coating, used on U.S. military aircraft, is a polymer that reduces the build up of debris on the aircraft's structure, thus reducing drag. The manufacturers of the coating estimate it could reduce easyJet's fuel consumption by 1-2 percent. The airline has coated eight aircraft and will compare their fuel consumption with the rest of the fleet during a 12-month trial period.
Carolyn McCall easyJet's CEO said: "If we can find new ways of reducing the amount of fuel used by our aircraft we can pass the benefits onto our passengers by offering them low fares and a lower carbon footprint. All airlines should be incentivised to reduce the environmental impact of their operations which is why we welcome the government's commitment to move from APD to a fairer, greener per plane tax. We look forward to seeing the details of their proposal."
easyJet added eight new winter routes this year, including flights to Lyon from Bristol and Liverpool and to Basle from Edinburgh. All new routes start at £25.99 per person, one way.