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User currently offlineMiami1 From Australia, joined Feb 2001, 707 posts, RR: 0
Posted (10 years 11 months 3 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 3052 times:

What does the term 'tankering' mean in regards to fuel?

Thanks in advance!

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User currently offlinePilotpip From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 3164 posts, RR: 10
Reply 1, posted (10 years 11 months 3 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 2925 times:

Fuel tankering is basically carrying more than you need. Aircraft will do this for a number of reasons. The main ones that I can think of are:

1) Higher fuel costs at the next stop.
2) Availability of fuel at the next stop (FBO closed)
3) Faster turn time

My FBO has one of the lowest Jet A prices in the country so we see this quite often. Crews will top off a plane or take as much as they can because their next stop has much higher fuel prices. The price difference has to be enough to offset the added fuel burn that you'll have from being heavier in this case.

User currently offlineMiami1 From Australia, joined Feb 2001, 707 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (10 years 11 months 3 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 2916 times:

Thanks for the reply!

Would the above include carrying enough for both the outward and return journey?

User currently offlineGoldenshield From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 6161 posts, RR: 13
Reply 3, posted (10 years 11 months 3 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 2833 times:

The amount tankered depends on the several factors. These often include factors such as fuel price, payload, and cost factor.

Many times, the price will not be high enough to warrant takering fuel. Sometimes the price is so high that we end up tankering in as much as we can for a roundtrip, payload permitting. I've often done multiple leg tankering on round-robins, which, while increasing the fuel burn on the first and second legs, it still ended up way less than the cost to buy it at the stop.

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User currently offlineOPNLguy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (10 years 11 months 3 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 2782 times:

Most airlines have comuter programs associated with their flight planning system that look at systemwide fuel prices, trip length, etc. and quickly determine whether it's economically feasible to tanker fuel on a flight.

A few weeks ago, I had two flights, one CLE-BNA-LAS, and the other CLE-MDW-LAS. The payloads out of CLE were such that I could tanker through BNA, and MDW, and fuel all the way to LAS. Doing so saved $310 on one flight and $550 on the other. If the payloads out of CLE had been higher and precluded my tankering the optimum amount, I still could have taken some, and the savings would have been less, but still "something."

User currently offlineMiami1 From Australia, joined Feb 2001, 707 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (10 years 11 months 3 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 2697 times:

Thanks heaps for your replies, guys!

User currently offlineUndies737 From Australia, joined Aug 2003, 58 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (10 years 11 months 3 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 2684 times:

we (military) will generally "tanker" on short hops (ie:syd-newcastle/bris ruturn) or going to non-military airports due to civilian AVTUR (F35) not having FSII-fuel.sys.icing.inhibitor in their fuel (AVTUR+FSII:F34).

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