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Figure 4. Carbon Footprint of Nonstop vs. Connecting Flights Solo Traveler Flying 2,000 Miles

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Total CO2 Emissions (Pounds) Notes: The chart assumes that trips with two connections use two turboprop planes that fly 250 miles each and connect to a flight on a narrow-body jet. Trips with one connection use a regional jet traveling 400 miles and connect to a flight on a narrow-body jet. A nonstop flight uses a wide-body jet for the entire 2,000-mile trip. See Appendix B for more on emissions from different types of aircraft.

Figure 5. Carbon Footprint of Driving to Airport for Nonstop Flight vs. Taking Flight with Connections Family of Four Flying 1,000 Miles, Driving 90 Miles 3,000

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Fly with 1 Connection Fly with 2 Connections Take Car (23 mpg) to Airport to Fly Nonstop Take SUV (18 mpg) to Airport to Fly Nonstop

Note: The figure assumes plane types specified in Appendix B, and “typical car” and “typical SUV” fuel economies noted in Appendix C.

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