Boeing unveils fuel-efficient plane

A new jet which uses 20% less fuel than similar sized aircraft was unveiled by Boeing on Sunday to an enthusiastic reception.

"There’s a need for another dramatic improvement in air travel to make it more affordable, comfortable and convenient for passengers, more efficient and profitable for airlines and more environmentally progressive for our earth," Jim McNerney, president of Boeing, was reported as saying.

Friends of the Earth aviation campaigner Richard Dyer said: "This is a welcome step because it’s a significant improvement on what’s gone before, but we don’t see this kind of improvement that often and the growth in passengers completely overwhelms it."

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