[photopress:airlineloo.jpg,full,alignright]China Southern airline has calculated that it takes a liter of fuel to flush the toilet at 30,000 feet. Therefore will passengers please have a potty-break before boarding.
Captain Liu Zhiyuan, who flies regularly between Hangzhou and Beijing, ‘The energy used in one flush is enough for an economical car to run at least 10 kilometers.’ Quoting from a survey by the company’s logistics department, Captain Liu said carrying one kilogram of items such as blankets and pillows by air for one hour uses 0.2 kg of fuel.
He said, ‘This means the blankets and pillows on board the aircraft eat up 60 tonnes of fuel every day. If each seat is loaded with three 450 gram magazines, another 60 tonnes will be consumed.’
Another cost-saving technique will keep RMB47 million($6 million) a year in the airline’s coffers. The company has asked logistics staff to fill the water tank only 60 percent full.
In the first half of the year, the ‘aggregated loss’ of Chinese airlines was estimated at around RMB3 billion ($382 million).
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