Nippon Cargo to use thinner paint on fuselage to save fuel

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Japan’s Nippon Cargo Airlines plans to use paint from German firm Mankiewicz Gebr. that promises to help it save money on fuel.

The aircraft’s fuselage will be “painted with thin layers of paint, effectively reducing the weight of the aircraft by around 45kg” resulting in a cut in fuel consumption by about 42 barrels a year.

Its amazing the lengths airlines go these days to find ways to reduce weight and as a consequence fuel consumption.

I remember Singapore carrier Tiger Airways disclosed that its in-flight magazines would be printed using a lighter paper stock, also an effort to reduce the weight on board the aircraft.  

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