American Airlines will test new fuel-saving and satellite-based navigation procedures on a Boeing 767-300 flight flying from Paris to south Florida on 11 June 2009.

The ten-hour flight will be conducted using global positioning system (GPS) signals throughout instead of the usual ground-based radio system, the Miami Herald reports.

It will also test climb and descent procedures that will save fuel and reduce carbon emissions.

These include procedures such as taxiing the runway on one engine, reducing fuel consumption and descending at reduced power from cruising altitude to approach without levelling off at intermediate altitudes.

The flight is a part of Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) NextGen initiative to increase air routes and make them direct and faster as well as being fuel efficient.