Fuel Consumption of Popular Aircraft

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Fuel efficiency is the most important, if not the latest, buzzword in aviation. Fuel remains one of the leading operating cost heads for an airline, and thus controlling fuel costs can lead to significant bottom line improvements.

This is the age of fuel efficient aircraft. The 787s and A350s of the world are setting benchmarks in terms of being less fuel dependent while not compromising on the flight experience.

Boeing 787 Dreamliner Wing Flex
The Boeing 787 Dreamliner, the airline cost accountant’s favorite
Credits: Tomás Del Coro

But how exactly does the fuel consumption figures of the 787 compare to a 777? Or an A380? The below table provides the numbers for you!


Note: The below numbers are indicative. Fuel consumption numbers depend upon a lot of factors including flight takeoff weight, flight time, cruising altitude and the like. Read the numbers as ballpark figures.

ManufacturerAircraftFuel Consumption (kilogram/hour)
Boeing 707-320 6800-7200
Boeing 707-420 6400
Boeing 707-320B5500
Boeing 707-120B4800-5000
Boeing 717-200 2200
Boeing 727-100 4140
Boeing 727-200 4500
Boeing 737-100 2500
Boeing 737-200 2800
Boeing 737-300 2400
Boeing 737-400 2600
Boeing 737-500 2400
Boeing 737-700 2420
Boeing 737-800 2530
Boeing 747-100 11800
Boeing 747-300 11300
Boeing 747-400 10230
Boeing 747-89600
Boeing 757-200 3320
Boeing 777-200 6080
Boeing 777-200ER6630
Boeing 777-200LR6800
Boeing 777-300ER7500
Boeing 767-200 4500
Boeing 767-300 4800
Boeing 767-300ER4940
Boeing 787-84900
Boeing 787-95600
Airbus A3004770
Airbus A319-1002374
Airbus A3202430
Airbus A321-1002885
Airbus A321-2312740
Airbus A330-2005590
Airbus A330-3005700
Airbus A340-3006500
Airbus A340-5008000
Airbus A350-9005800
Airbus A38011000-12000
Аn-225 15900
Bombardier Dash 8900
ATR 42450
ATR 72620

As we see, an Airbus A380 burns twice as much fuel per hour as a Boeing 787-9. A head-to-head comparison between the two aircraft can give airlines millions of dollars in savings just by choosing a 787-9 over the A380 (though an A380 has almost double the number of seats compared to the 787).

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Cover credits: Instagram user: contrailsphotography


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