Airlines slow down for gas mileage

May 1, 2008 7:31:30 PM PDT
Because of the rising price of fuel, airlines are now slowing their planes to get better mileage. Southwest Airlines started slowing down its planes two months ago.

Each flight is one to three minutes longer, but will save the airline $42 million in fuel this year.

Northwest Airlines is reducing its average flying speed by 10 miles an hour at the end of lengthy flights.

JetBlue started slowing down two years ago.

They add two minutes to each flight to save more than $13 million a year.