Scandium-contained aluminum alloys can deliver around $9 million in net-present-value savings to airline operators for every mid-body airliner because of the metal’s ability to lightweight jets, reduce or eliminate the use of rivets and reduce fuel consumption, according to analysis by a specialty metals expert. The report also says that integrating aluminum-scandium alloys could allow manufacturers to boost annual revenue by hundreds of millions of dollars per year through lower materials costs.

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