2011-02-01 14:15:16 UTC
their "Annual Airline Industry Achievement Awards". Alaska get the award
for "Airline Technology Leadership".
There is no doubt in my mind that AS have been very technically literate
over the years what with head-up displays and RNP approaches and they're
being aggressive at things like kiosks (mind you, when I tried to pay for
baggage with my UK credit card last year the system didn't like it!).
Anyway, one of the items mentioned this year reads "The carrier's commitment
to technology encompasses adopting environmentally friendly items such as
mobile ground-based air units for cabin venting, cooling and heating to
replace APU use". Excuse me? I can remember those trucks (in fact I still
see them in some places) back when I started travelling by air in the 50s.
They've never gone away so what's so special about them that they warrant
part of an award? The claim is "It estimates that the units will result in
annual savings of about $2.6 million and more than 1.1 million gal of fuel".
What goes around....
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