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
, and the other CLE
. 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."
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