2 Dec 2010

Airbus to replace engines with more fuel efficient models

2:29 pm on 2 December 2010

European planemaker Airbus is to invest more than 1 billion euros to replace the engines on its A320 single-aisle planes.

The new, less noisy engines will be 15% more fuel efficient and emit less CO2.

The BBC reports all eyes are now on Boeing, which is considering a similar upgrade of its Boeing 737.

They are responding to the emergence of new rivals in the market for relatively small passenger jets seating more than 100 passengers.