Table 4-8M: Certificated Air Carrier Fuel Consumption and Travela

Table 4-8M: 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 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004
Number of aircraft 2,135 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 8,111 8,228 8,055 8,497 8,194 8,176 U
Average kilometers flown per aircraft (thousands) 784 1,074 1,528 1,500 1,236 1,191 1,250 1,239 1,077 1,129 1,170 1,222 1,260 1,273 1,236 1,283 1,388 1,291 1,344 1,446 U
Aircraft-kilometers (millions)                                          
Domestic operations 1,381 1,825 3,328 3,135 4,060 4,902 6,378 6,202 6,429 6,690 7,049 7,450 7,743 7,903 8,103 8,581 9,115 8,929 9,039 9,793 10,544
International operations 293 457 764 607 645 668 1,223 1,299 1,455 1,547 1,577 1,606 1,679 1,793 1,918 1,971 2,063 2,037 1,971 (R) 2,031 2,228
Fuel consumption (million liters)                                          
Domestic operations 7,397 14,721 29,742 28,610 32,249 38,289 (R) 46,648 43,557 44,527 45,268 (R) 46,880 (R) 47,967 (R) 50,033 (R) 51,341 (R) 50,479 54,518 56,193 53,062 48,636 49,054 51,569
International operations 2,143 4,845 8,491 7,378 6,614 9,418 (R) 14,797 14,913 15,596 15,571 (R) 16,196 (R) 16,817 (R) 17,483 (R) 18,605 (R) 18,636 19,875 20,724 19,826 18,892 18,308 18,664
Aircraft-kilometers flown per liter                                          
Domestic operations 0.19 0.12 0.11 0.11 0.13 0.13 (R) 0.14 0.14 0.14 0.15 (R) 0.15 (R) 0.16 (R) 0.15 (R) 0.15 (R) 0.16 0.16 0.16 0.17 0.19 0.20 0.20
International operations 0.14 0.09 0.09 0.08 0.10 0.07 (R) 0.08 0.09 0.09 0.10 (R) 0.10 (R) 0.10 (R) 0.10 (R) 0.10 (R) 0.10 0.10 0.10 0.10 0.10 (R) 0.11 0.12

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

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

NOTES

1.609344 kilometers = 1 mile.

3.785412 liters = 1 gallon.

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1990-97: Ibid., FAA Statistical Handbook of Aviation, Calendar Year 1997 (Washington, DC: unpublished), personal communication, Mar. 19, 1999.

1998-2003: Aerospace Industries Association, Aerospace Facts and Figures (Washington DC: Annual Issues), "Active U.S. Air Carrier Fleet ", p. 90 and similar pages in earlier editions.

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.

1985-2001: 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.

2002-04: U.S. Department of Transportation, Bureau of Transportation Statistics, Office of Airline Information, Air Carrier Traffic Statistics (Washington, DC: Annual issues, December), pp. 3 and 4, line 25 plus line 46.

Fuel consumption:

1960-70: 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 June 25, 2004.

1980-2004: Ibid., Internet site http://www.bts.gov/xml/fuel/report/src/index.xml as of Apr. 28, 2005.