Flights are slower now than they were half a century ago
Aviation has made mind-blowing progress over decades gone by.
There are more planes in the skies over the entire planet than ever before.
But despite monumental advances in technology, flights are slower now than they were half a century ago.
A flight from New York to Houston, Texas, took just two hours and 37 minutes in 1973.
But today the same flight takes three hours and 50 minutes.
London to Edinburgh takes 10 minutes longer, on average, than it did in the 1990s.Related articles
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Madrid to Barcelona takes an extra 20 minutes, while New York to Chicago takes 50 minutes longer.
The main reason why flights are getting longer is due to fuel efficiency.
Airlines are instructing pilots to slow down in order to save on the cost of fuel.
Northwest Airlines provided a prime example of this in 2008 when it saved 162 gallons of fuel on a flight from Paris to Minneapolis when the flight’s average speed was reduced from 542 to 532mph.
The flight time increase of eight minutes saved the airline almost £300.
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