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Cutlery targeted by airlines in cost reduction exercise

Cutlery targeted by airlines in cost reduction exercise

Airlines are leaving no stone unturned as they attempt to save on fuel costs, the Telegraph reports.

A number of innovative approaches have been devised by carriers as they seek to lower the weight of their aircraft and reducing fuel consumption, according to the International Air Transport Association (IATA).

Measures include downsizing cutlery and dispensing with in-flight magazines and Paul Steele, director of the environment at IATA, believes they could be deceptively effective.

Commenting on the decision of JAL of Japan to trim its cutlery as part of an effort to save money in the recession, Mr Steele told the news provider: "When you are talking about a jumbo jet with 400 people on board, being served two to three meals, this can save a few kilos.

"You work out how much fuel that consumes over a year, and you can be talking about a considerable amount of money."

JAL offers passengers a number of different routes, including flights to Tokyo from London Heathrow.

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