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Airbus A350s test fuel-saving formation inspired by birds

It may fly like a goose but it’s an Airbus A350 flying in formation to save tonnes of carbon emissions.

Airbus on Tuesday performed the first long-haul demonstration of formation flying and saved more than six tonnes of CO2 emissions on the trip between its french home of Toulouse and Canada’s Montreal-Trudeau International Airport.

Airbus said the flight confirmed the potential for a fuel saving of more than 5 percent on long-haul flights if aircraft fly in a formation similar to that used by migrating geese.

It also showed the savings could be achieved without compromising safety, it added.

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Source:: AirlineRatings.Com

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