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Airline Annual Fuel Usage

Fri Oct 19, 2012 1:24 pm

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

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RE: Airline Annual Fuel Usage

Fri Oct 19, 2012 3:09 pm

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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RE: Airline Annual Fuel Usage

Fri Oct 19, 2012 3:43 pm

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.

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RE: Airline Annual Fuel Usage

Fri Oct 19, 2012 7:47 pm

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!
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RE: Airline Annual Fuel Usage

Fri Oct 19, 2012 9:27 pm

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.

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RE: Airline Annual Fuel Usage

Fri Oct 19, 2012 11:18 pm

Look at their respective annual report. Should be in there.
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RE: Airline Annual Fuel Usage

Sat Oct 20, 2012 6:43 pm

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

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RE: Airline Annual Fuel Usage

Sat Oct 20, 2012 11:07 pm

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]

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RE: Airline Annual Fuel Usage

Sun Oct 21, 2012 12:47 am

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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