Alaska Airlines #1 in Fuel Efficiency

International Institute for Clean Transportation Airline Fuel Efficiency Study
Source: International Council on Clean Transportation
U.S. Domestic Airline Fuel Efficiency Ranking 2010

A new study by the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT), finds that Alaska Airlines is the most fuel efficient domestic airliner, while Allegiant Air is the least fuel-efficient, among 15 domestic air carriers operating in the U.S. in 2010.  In other words, of the 15 airlines analyzed, Allegiant Airlines generates the most greenhouse gas emissions to provide a comparable level of service.

The International Council on Clean Transportation, a nonprofit research organization, used publicly available data to compare the efficiency of the airlines independent of size, network structure, or type of service.

The figure highlights the large gap between the most and least efficient airlines serving the U.S. domestic market.  The analysis found that Allegiant would have used 26 percent more fuel than Alaska Airlines to provide a comparable level of transport service.

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Good News For Travel Bloggers!

Americans rely predominately on travel review websites in planning their trips, finds an online survey of 35,000 people conducted December 2012-January 2013.  Online travel agencies were the second most popular resource, followed by travel operator sites and family and friends.

The findings underline the importance of “word-of-mouth” recommendations in the internet age.  Hey, this is good news for travel bloggers!

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Southwest Airlines Triggers Most Positive Sentiments in Survey of Twitter Chatter

Southwest Airlines had the most consistently positive profile in an analysis of  strongly worded tweets about U.S. airlines. The analysis of social media responses to various airlines considered both strongly positive and strongly negative messages posted during December 2011.

77 percent of the strongly worded positive messages were associated with Southwest, followed by JetBlue with 73 percent strongly positive messages.  Only 42 percent of the strong comments about U.S. Airlines were positive.  Delta Airlines had by far the largest number of strongly worded tweets, over 2,500, with 61 percent of the messages positive.

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