Table 4-8: Certificated Air Carrier Fuel Consumption and Travel

Table 4-8: Certificated Air Carrier Fuel Consumption and Travel

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  1960 1965 1970 1975 1980 1985 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 (R) 1997 (R) 1998 (R) 1999 (R) 2000 (R) 2001 (R) 2002 (R) 2003 (R) 2004 2005 2006 2007 (R) 2008 (R) 2009 2010
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 8,186 8,225 8,089 8,044 7,856 U U
Average miles flown per aircraft (thousands) 487 667 949 932 768 740 777 770 669 701 726 759 (R) 790 735 707 737 804 763 803 896 972 1,003 1,016 1,046 1,036 U U
Aircraft-miles (millions)                                                      
Domestic operations 858 1,134 2,068 1,948 2,523 3,046 3,963 3,854 3,995 4,156 4,378 4,628 4,807 4,437 4,480 4,774 5,089 5,110 5,230 5,896 6,366 (R) 6,529 (R) 6,423 (R) 6,534 6,247 5,757 5,807
International operations 182 284 475 377 401 415 760 807 904 958 975 998 (R) 1,103 1,160 1,256 1,294 1,385 1,373 1,348 1,426 1,592 (R) 1,723 (R) 1,798 (R) 1,881 1,895 1,778 1,859
Fuel consumption (million gallons)                                                      
Domestic operations 1,954 3,889 8,009 7,558 8,519 10,115 (R) 12,212 (R) 11,360 (R) 11,598 (R) 11,960 (R) 12,501 (R) 12,812 13,187 13,658 13,303 14,491 14,865 13,868 12,922 13,082 14,091 13,976 13,694 13,682 12,686 11,339 11,256
International operations 566 1,280 2,136 1,949 (R) 2,033 2,488 (R) 3,938 (R) 3,888 (R) 4,079 (R) 4,112 (R) 4,325 (R) 4,511 4,658 4,962 4,915 5,277 5,508 5,336 5,079 5,219 5,592 5,975 6,018 6,205 6,187 5,721 6,028
Aircraft-miles flown per gallon                                                      
Domestic operations 0.44 0.29 0.26 0.26 0.30 0.30 (R) 0.32 (R) 0.34 0.34 0.35 0.35 (R) 0.36 0.36 0.32 0.34 0.33 0.34 0.37 0.40 0.45 0.45 (R) 0.47 (R) 0.47 (R) 0.48 0.49 0.51 0.52
International operations 0.32 0.22 0.22 0.19 (R) 0.20 0.17 (R) 0.19 (R) 0.21 0.22 0.23 0.23 0.22 (R) 0.24 0.23 0.26 0.25 0.25 0.26 0.27 0.27 0.28 (R) 0.29 (R) 0.30 (R) 0.30 0.31 0.31 0.31

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

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

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.

1998-2008: Aerospace Industries Association, Aerospace Facts and Figures (Washington DC: Annual Issues), "Active U.S. Air Carrier Fleet", p. 94 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.

1965-1970: Ibid., Handbook of Airline Statistics 1973 (Washington, DC: 1974), part III, tables 2 and 13.

1975-1980: U.S. Department of Transportation, Bureau of Transportation Statistics, Office of Airline Information, Air Carrier Traffic Statistics (Washington, DC: December 1976), pp. 4 and 14; and (December 1981), pp. 2 and 3.

1985: Ibid., Air Carrier Traffic Statistics (Washington, DC: Annual December Issues), pp. 2 and 3, line 27 plus line 50.

1990-2010: U.S. Department of Transportation, Bureau of Transportation Statistics, Office of Airline Information, Air Carrier Traffic Statistics, available at http://www.bts.gov/xml/air_traffic/src/index.xml#CustomizeTable as of Aug. 17, 2011.

Fuel consumption:

1960-75: U.S. Department of Transportation, Bureau of Transportation Statistics, Office of Airline Information, personal communication, June 8, 2010.

1980-2010: Ibid., Fuel Cost and Consumption, available at http://www.bts.gov/xml/fuel/report/src/index.xml as of Aug. 16, 2011.