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A million tonnes of carbon emissions

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Can the worldwide aviation industry cut millions of tonnes of carbon emissions every year? Air New Zealand seems to think so, and is planning a test flight between Auckland and San Francisco in a couple of weeks to prove it.

The company and its partners hope the Boeing 777 flight, named ASPIRE 1, will demonstrate that using "optimum flight planning conditions", such as route planning and aircraft weight among other things, will mean many millions of tonnes of fuel and carbon emissions can be saved.

After the flight on September 12, the company says it will have a better understanding of the potential savings it could make (and fingers crossed any fuel savings could eventually translate to lower airfares for us).