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User currently offlinerc135x From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (1 year 6 months 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 3337 times:

Does anyone have actual (rather than estimated) fuel burn figures for the airline that uses the most fuel annually? For all the airlines collectively?

Thanks!

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User currently offlineLAXintl From United States of America, joined May 2000, 24326 posts, RR: 47
Reply 1, posted (1 year 6 months 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 3308 times:

Numbers exist in many places. SEC filings, DOT, A4A, etc.

Here is 12-year summary from DOT.

http://www.transtats.bts.gov/fuel.asp?pn=1

2011 industry consumption was 17,594.7 million gallons



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User currently offlinetdscanuck From Canada, joined Jan 2006, 12709 posts, RR: 80
Reply 2, posted (1 year 6 months 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 3287 times:

Quoting rc135x (Thread starter):

Does anyone have actual (rather than estimated) fuel burn figures for the airline that uses the most fuel annually? For all the airlines collectively?

US airlines all report that on DOT Form 41. Most of the good stuff is nicely summarized here:
http://web.mit.edu/airlinedata/www/2...el/Total%20Gallons%20of%20Fuel.htm

This is a link off airlinedataproject.mit.edu, a fantastic site for US airline information.

Tom.


User currently offlinerc135x From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (1 year 6 months 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 3184 times:

This is very helpful for US airlines, but I am wondering about the airline that uses the most fuel. I should have been clearer in asking for worldwide data.

Someone perhaps like Emirates or British with an extensive international long haul route? Or maybe even Delta just with total traffic.

Thanks to everyone for these helpful references!


User currently offlinetdscanuck From Canada, joined Jan 2006, 12709 posts, RR: 80
Reply 4, posted (1 year 6 months 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 3150 times:

Quoting rc135x (Reply 3):
This is very helpful for US airlines, but I am wondering about the airline that uses the most fuel. I should have been clearer in asking for worldwide data.

Someone perhaps like Emirates or British with an extensive international long haul route? Or maybe even Delta just with total traffic.

I think it has to be one of the US carriers...the top three in the world by RPK are United, Delta, and American. Emirates is fourth but they're at about half the output of United. Long-haul international carriers will tend to have much better fuel-per-RPK because they're using larger, more efficient aircraft that spend a lot of time at efficient cruise. So, if anything, RPK should under-represent fuel burn for United/Delta/America relative to someone like Emirates.

Tom.


User currently offlineLAXintl From United States of America, joined May 2000, 24326 posts, RR: 47
Reply 5, posted (1 year 6 months 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 3127 times:

Look at their respective annual report. Should be in there.


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User currently offline71Zulu From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 3049 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (1 year 6 months 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 2919 times:

From southwest.com:

"Southwest consumed approximately 1.8 billion gallons of jet fuel in 2011".

http://www.southwest.com/html/about-southwest/history/fact-sheet.html




This article says the Delta used 3.86 billion gallons in 2011,

"In 2011, Delta used 3.86 billion gallons of jet fuel, for which it paid $11.8 billion, or 36 percent of its operating expenses."

http://www.nj.com/business/index.ssf...elta_buys_conocophillips_trai.html

[Edited 2012-10-20 11:51:54]


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User currently offlineimiakhtar From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (1 year 6 months 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 2860 times:

EK spent $6.6 billion (40.2% of costs) on fuel and used 6 145 434 tonnes. If my sums are correct, that should work out at around 2.04 billion US gallons

http://content.emirates.com/uk/engli...Annual_2011-2012_tcm275-926013.pdf

http://www.emirates.com/english/imag...Report%20secured_tcm233-888462.pdf

[Edited 2012-10-20 16:20:34 Fuel density used 0.795kg/L]

[Edited 2012-10-20 16:25:57]

User currently offlineFlighty From United States of America, joined Apr 2007, 8206 posts, RR: 3
Reply 8, posted (1 year 6 months 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 2832 times:

Quoting tdscanuck (Reply 4):
So, if anything, RPK should under-represent fuel burn for United/Delta/America relative to someone like Emirates.

Yes, RJs get about 40 ASM per gallon while long haul craft get about 60 ASM per gallon. The most efficient aircraft are mid-haul stretch narrowbodies such as 739ER, A321 and 753. Those can occasionally reach 80 ASM per gallon. It makes sense because these have much greater density and lower structural weight per passenger, while they still spend 3-4 hours at cruise.

I have never seen anything reported to get 100 ASM per gallon. Maybe it will be achieved with comfort someday.

The greatest fuel burners are the big 3 American carriers, yes. We Americans are still big over-achievers in this area, although the margin is not as great as previously  


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