Last week, Boeing announced a new family of airplanes to replace its legendary 737s. The new and improved 737 MAX will be a more comfortable plane—with features like extra spacious overhead compartments, redesigned light switches that you’ll no longer confuse for the attendant button, and (yes!) extra legroom.
But the changes you won’t tangibly notice as a passenger are just as significant. Thanks to specially designed winglets that reduce drag, a lightweight construction, and quiet engine technology, the 737 MAX will also be some of the greenest planes in the sky—even when compared to the fuel efficient Dreamliner that Boeing launched last year. In fact, if you compare 100 737 MAX planes to their next-greenest competitor, they’ll be able to reduce fuel usage by a full 250 million pounds (per 100 aircraft) each year.
Minimizing your carbon footprint is obviously huge, and for Boeing, this is also a smart business move. Those 250 million pounds of fuel savings represent $112 million in cost savings each year, and since the 737 MAX is built more efficiently, it can also fly on longer routes. And while there’s no guarantee that airfares will dip accordingly, trends have shown than reduced fuel costs translate to reduced airfare costs. We call that a win-win-win.