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Boeing Looks to Clear the Air

Almost 90,000 flights a day are in the skies above the United States.

And according The Boeing Co. (BA), the number of aircraft flying will double in the next 15-20 years, leading to more congestion at airports and increased carbon dioxide emissions from burning jet fuel.

Boeing’s solution is an air traffic management concept called Tailored Arrivals, which engineer Rob Mead says will land aircraft more efficiently.

“We allow dynamic generation of arrival paths into busy airports and that allows us to reduce emissions, reduce noise and make for a cheaper ride for our airline customers and the passengers on board,” said Mead.

Under the system, aircrews receive arrival path guidance matched to their specific flight by taking into consideration aircraft performance, air traffic, airspace and weather.

Mead says conventional landing procedures burn needless amounts of fuel.

International aviation produces about two percent of greenhouse gas emissions and is under increasing pressure to curb its carbon pollution.

Between 2007 and 2009, Boeing says tests of its system saved six airlines 3.3 million pounds of fuel and reduced carbon dioxide emissions by 10.4 million pounds.