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Passenger Jets Now Fueled by Food Scraps and Vegetable Oil

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 11/01/2017, 7:00 AM

At the end of 1985's Back to the Future, Doc Brown opens his Delorean and dumps table scraps and beer into a "Mr. Fusion" tank to generate the power to whisk Marty McFly into the year 2015. Now it's 2017, and although personal fusion-powered travel is still in the distant future, the ability to fly passenger planes using food waste is here. In September, JetBlue announced a plan to purchase more ...

Counting Down the Top 6 Travel Stories of 2015—And Looking Ahead to 2016

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 12/15/2015, 1:30 PM

(Photo by Zach Dischner/Flickr) Unusually dramatic events and trends shaped the way we traveled in 2015 and should continue to impact our wanderings in 2016. Counting them down, these stories included: A dramatic drop in the cost of oil: Just this week the Automobile Club of America announced that North America was seeing the lowest cost in gasoline since 2009. A year ago, a gall...

A Major Airline Drops the Hated Fuel Surcharge! So Why Won't the Rest of the Industry Follow?

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 01/25/2015, 7:45 PM

One of the greatest lies foisted upon the American public—right up there with "this won't hurt a bit" and "New Coke will be better"—was crammed down travelers' throats a half decade ago. Fuel prices were rising. The airlines put out a tear-jerking sob story in the press, appealing to our better natures to help them survive. They told us that to stay alive, they had to start tacking extra ...

Carriers Large and Small Going Slower to Save on Fuel Costs

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 08/12/2013, 10:15 PM

It'll take you longer to get there now. Ryanair has instructed its pilots to stick to a 600mph speed limit, which will save the carrier on fuel costs but also make trips take longer. It's not just exploitative airlines like Ryanair—although it gets the bad press for it. JetBlue did the same thing in 2008 and saved $13.6 million. In 2011, Cunard Line's Queen Mary 2 quietly increased...

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