easyJet Trials Weight-Reducing Technology

UK airline easyJet has begun a 12-month trial of the Zonal Dryer system, which is designed to reduce the weight of an aircraft.
The units, made by Swedish CTT Systems, weigh less than 66lbs (30kg) each and will be installed on four A320 aircraft.  They have been designed to reduce weight-increasing moisture by up to 551lbs (250kg) per flight – the equivalent of 12 hold bags – while improving air quality for the passenger, by channelling dry air to the upper section of the aircraft.
According to the airline, its fleet is one of the greenest, claiming that an easyJet passenger’s carbon footprint is already 22% less than a passenger on another airline flying on the same route and aircraft.
The Zonal Drying system comprises a fan, heater and a moisture-absorbing, silica-impregnated rotor made of light-weight fibre glass.  It will reportedly “contribute towards reducing the airline’s £1.2 billion (US$1.9bn) annual fuel bill.
easyJet’s Flight Operations Manager Captain Chris Foster commented:  “Fuel is a key focus for easyJet and this is one of a number of initiatives we are implementing in order to be as environmentally responsible as possible.  There is the potential to save 4.5 million kg of fuel per year by using this Zonal Dryer technology are we’re confident that we’ll see significant and positive results on the completion of the trial.”
 
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