Table 4-8. Certificated Air Carrier Fuel Consumption and Travela

Table 4-8. Certificated Air Carrier Fuel Consumption and Travela

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  1960 1965 1970 1975 1980 1985 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999
Number of aircraft2,135 2,125 2,679 2,495 3,808 4,678 6,083 6,054 7,320 7,297 7,370 7,411 7,478 7,616 R8111 8,228
Average miles flown per aircraft (thousands) 487 667 949 932 768 740 776 770 669 701 727 759 783 791 R767 774
Aircraft-miles (millions)                               
Domestic operations 858 1,134 2,068 1,948 2,523 3,046 3,963 3,854 3,995 4,157 4,380 4,629 4,811 4,911 5,031 5,176
International operations 182 284 475 377 401 415 760 807 904 961 980 998 1,043 1,114 1,191 1,197
Fuel consumption (million gallons)                               
Domestic operations 1,954 3,889 7,857 7,558 9,096 R10,115 R12,429 R11,506 R11,763 R11,959 R12,476 12,812 R13,187 13,660 13,877 14,491
International operations 566 1,280 2,243 1,949 1,938 R2,488 R3,963 R3,940 R4,120 R4,113 R4,311 R4,511 R4,658 4,964 5,186 5,277
Aircraft-miles flown per gallon                               
Domestic operations 0.44 0.29 0.26 0.26 0.28 0.30 0.32 0.33 0.34 0.35 0.35 0.36 0.36 0.36 0.36 0.36
International operations 0.32 0.22 0.21 0.19 0.21 0.17 0.19 0.20 0.22 0.23 0.23 0.22 0.22 0.22 0.23 0.23

a Aircraft operating under 14 CFR 121 and 14 CFR 135.

KEY: R = revised; U = data are unavailable.

SOURCES:
Number of aircraft:
1960-65: U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Aviation Administration, FAA Statistical Handbook of Aviation, 1970 edition (Washington, DC: 1970), table 5.3.
1970-75: Ibid., FAA Statistical Handbook of Aviation, Calendar Year 1979 (Washington, DC: 1979), table 5.1.
1980-85: Ibid., FAA Statistical Handbook of Aviation, Calendar Year 1986 (Washington, DC: 1986), table 5.1.
1990-97: Ibid., FAA Statistical Handbook of Aviation, Calendar Year 1997 (Washington, DC: unpublished), personal communication, Mar. 19, 1999.
1998-99: Aerospace Industries Association, Aerospace Facts and Figures (Washington DC: Annual Issues), "Active U.S. Air Carrier Fleet".
Aircraft-miles flown:
1960: Civil Aeronautics Board, Handbook of Airline Statistics 1969 (Washington, DC: 1970), part III, tables 2 and 13.
1965-70: Ibid., Handbook of Airline Statistics 1973 (Washington, DC: 1974), part III, tables 2 and 13.
1975-80: Ibid., Air Carrier Traffic Statistics (Washington, DC: December 1976), pp. 4 and 14; and (December 1981), pp. 2 and 3.
1985-98: U.S. Department of Transportation, Bureau of Transportation Statistics, Office of Airline Information, Air Carrier Traffic Statistics (Washington, DC: Annual issues, December), pp. 2 and 3, line 27 plus line 50.
1999: Ibid., Internet site http://www.bts.gov/programs/oai, as of July 14, 2000.
Fuel consumption:
1960-99: U.S. Department of Transportation, Bureau of Transportation Statistics, Office of Airline Information, Internet site http://www.bts.gov/programs/oai/fuel/fuelyearly.html, as of July 5, 2000.
1999: Ibid., Pesonal communication, July 27, 2000.