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9:26pm on Tuesday the 23rd of July
frEaCkO-SCANDAL

A major airline is under fire from environmentalists for flying an aircraft across the Atlantic with only five passengers on board.

The flight from Chicago to London meant that the plane, a Boeing 777, used 22,000 gallons of fuel.

The latest "eco- scandal" flight took place on February 9 after American was forced to cancel one of its four daily services from Chicago to London.

While it was able to find places for nearly all the passengers on the fully-booked flight, five still had to be accommodated. Those who did fly were upgraded to the business class cabin.

But while they enjoyed lavish hospitality, the airline was accused of an "obscene waste of fuel" by Friends of the Earth.

It is estimated that each passenger produced 43 tons of CO2 consuming enough fuel to carry a Ford Mondeo around the world five times.

Operating the near empty flight is estimated as having cost American about 30,000. But a spokesman said it had no alternative.

telegraph.co.uk digg this

I will define scandal as it relates to this article. A patchouli reeking eco-freak in his mum's spare room sends a sternly lettered press release in all-caps. The Telegraph mistakes the fact that airlines routinely fly empty planes as a scandal then cuts and pastes the press release to fill inches.

P.S. Yet not one peep from said groups about AL Gore preaching global warming from the back of a Lear Jet or John Travolta flying his personal airliner to the UK.

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