WestJet seeks to reduce emissions and increase the efficiency of its Boeing 737-700
WestJet announced Monday a new partnership with Aero Design Labs to modify the airline's 737-700-NG aircraft to increase their efficiency. The modifications are expected to reduce overall fuel consumption by reducing aerodynamic drag and lead to long-term cost savings and reduced carbon emissions.
“With one of the youngest and most efficient fleets in North America, WestJet continues to make significant investments to make air travel more sustainable,” said Diederik Pen, WestJet Chief Operating Officer. "Through our innovative partnership with Aero Design Labs, we are currently testing a first-of-its-kind product designed to reduce fuel burn and improve the efficiency and longevity of our 737-700s.
"The Aero Design Labs team created the Air Drag Reduction System (ADRS 1) for the Boeing 737-700 fleet. WestJet was a key partner in product installation, certification, and validation. Both companies worked together to collect data and findings that prompted further modifications and feedback on the technology, which will be added to the aircraft once approved and validated by Transport Canada for commercial use.
WestJet's partnership with Aero Design Labs comes at a time when the airline is moving forward in its efforts to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050. Following the approval of the regulations, the airline will continue to work with Aero Design Labs to determine new fleet implementation plans and validate data and efficiency results.
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