Fuel efficiency of airplanes
October 18, 2005 9:24 AM Subscribe
What is the fuel efficiency of an airplane? How does this compare to other vehicles, both in terms of quantity of fuel consumed and quantity of pollution created (since some fuels, I assume, create different amounts of pollution per unit volume)? I've looked around and can't find any more than some vague generalizations (mostly from airplane manufacturers).
posted by abingham to Travel & Transportation (17 answers total)
I'm interested in any type of aircraft, although I'm specifically motivated by questions about the efficiency of a large passenger jet. Formulae describing take-off/landing overhead would be great, although a simple "X miles per gallon" is fine too. If passenger and cargo weight are non-negligible in these calculations, I'd like to know their effect.