What Is The Price Of Fueling A Commercial Airliner?

Fuel is one of the most expensive expenses for airlines, making around 20–40% of total expenditures depending on price and location. 

But how much fuel is needed for each flight and each kind of aircraft? Let's look at it.

Although it is surprisingly similar to diesel, aviation fuel is naturally slightly different from the gasoline you use in a gas vehicle.

London Heathrow (LHR) to New York JFK Airport (JFK): $27,270
$10,757 from JFK to LAX, the international airport serving Los Angeles (5,325 gallons)

$19,190 from LAX to Tokyo Narita (NRT) (9,500 gallons)
$4,747 from Chicago O'Hare International Airport (ORD) to Mami Airport (MIA) (2,350 gallons)
ORD to MIA: $7,201 (3,565 gallons)

Due to the traffic at a busy airport, the return trip north to Chicago uses more fuel (nearly 1,200 gallons more).


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