Bobcat From United States of America, joined Jun 2007, 0 posts, RR: 0 Posted (12 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 14568 times:
How much do airlines pay for jet fuel?
For example, how many gallons of jet
fuel does an average 767 or DC10 need
to fly from NY to LA? Divide the cost of
the jet fuel by the number of seats
(standard configuration) and how much
does each passenger pay for the fuel
For comparison in an automobile...
Last year, my girlfriend and I drove
NY - LA - SF - Chicago - NY...
Total mileage: 6300+ miles
Totl fuel cost: $455 (288 gallons of
This was in a MB E320 with V6 engine...
Of course, there additional costs such
as wear and tear, toll, etc, etc......
Prebennorholm From Denmark, joined Mar 2000, 6484 posts, RR: 54
Reply 1, posted (12 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 14543 times:
In very round figures:
An airline will pay somewhat over one dollar per gallon of jet fuel. (depends rather much on distance from oil sea port to airport).
A modern airliner on medium distance will make about 50 miles per gallon per seat (ex: a 250 seat widebody will need 5 gallons per mile). An old plane (727 or such) will use somewhat more.
A NY - LA roundtrip is roughly 6000 miles, so you and your girlfriend would on a full, modern plane "use" 240 gallons (maybe 600 gallons on a half full 727).
And the corresponding fuel cost for you and your girlfriend would be in the $300 - 700 range.
It is in fact a good rule of thumb - going two in a car is equally fuel efficient as going two on a plane.
Going short distance - only a few hundred miles - or going long distance, then the plane becomes less fuel efficient.
Why also long distance? simply because a lot of fuel is burned only for transporting a lot of fuel a long way instead of a heavier load of passengers.
But going intercontinental, then of course you don't have much choise.
Regards, Preben Norholm
Always keep your number of landings equal to your number of take-offs, Preben Norholm
Bhill From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 992 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (12 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 14527 times:
Bobcat, on my last flight from BOS-SFO, (non-stop) on a UA 767 the skipper was kind enough to give little "tidbits" of info on chan. 9 to those pax who were interested every hour, and one of the items he told us that the a/c would burn up $12,000.00 worth of fuel on our flight...
Bobcat From United States of America, joined Jun 2007, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (12 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 14461 times:
Thanks for the interesting info...
So I guess when I'm paying $218 for
roundtrip NYC-LAX, the airline isn't making
enough for my portion of the fuel...
(perhaps this is where the full-fare passengers come in and make up the difference...)