Tuesday, June 10, 2008

7,000 gallons of gas

We were on a trans-continental flight (NYC to Seattle) and got delayed on the runway because of something-or-other, so the pilot thought he would entertain us with an interesting factoid.

That flight would burn 7,000 gallons of gas, which cost the airline $24,500 (just for that flight!). He figured it out per customer, and it was $150 in gas just for each person on the plane (one-way).

No wonder the airlines are going bankrupt, no wonder the world is running out of gas, and no wonder we're having a climate crisis.

At $24,500 per transatlantic flight, wouldn't it be in the best interest of the airlines to find a way to fly on solar power?


Peggy said...

I am sure that the airlines don't pay the same price we do at the pump. Commercial rates MUST be cheaper. Fuel is still expensive. It is getting close to $10 per gallon over here in the UK.

J-Funk said...

Peggy - commercial rates are cheaper, but not by much (the pilot mentioned this). We are paying over $4 per gallon at the pump, and the pilot said that their price is now at $3.50 per gallon. I can't believe you are paying $10 per gallon, that is brutal!