If a commercial jet could land using a smooth, continuous descent versus the traditional stair-step approach, it could save an airline between 200 to 800 pounds of fuel each flight — something that’s now possible at Denver International Airport.

DIA has fully implemented its new arrival and departure procedures, the next phase in the Federal Aviation Administration‘s mass overhaul of U.S. airspace, called NextGen. Denver is among the airports at the front end of the adoption process.

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Photo Credit: A flight readies for takeoff at Denver International Airport. Ray Tsang / Flickr