Aviation spoils tons of kerosene for small financial profits, nr. 4

Airlines balance the costs for fuel against costs for delays

EU air passenger rights in case of denied boarding, a delayed flight or a cancelled flight grant delayed passengers a compensation of up to € 600.-!

Pilots, flight attendants, passengers or luggage, generate extra costs when missing a connecting flight. Cheap fuel is spent for high speed flying to minimise any costs due to chronic airline delays.

To stay on top of the punctuality-rankings, airlines nudge pilot’s to depart not one minute late. Up to 50% of the flights are therefore flown high speed to catch up delays into congested European hubs.  2018 OAG Aviation Worldwide Limited, On-time performance for airlines and airports and Top 20 busiest routes.

Aviation spoils tons of kerosene for small financial profits, nr. 3

How airlines spoil fuel in order to keep pilots off their payroll

Flights must be manned with 2 pilots. However, longer intercontinental flights must be manned with 3 or 4 pilots, because legal work and rest times regulations require pilots to have inflight-rest periods.

Many of such flights are just beyond these regulatory limits. Due to the low price for fuel, airlines prefer to fly these flights with maximum speed instead of employing another copilot.

5% to 10%, 3-15 tons, more fuel is regularly burned for such purposes. This practice is frequently used and increases fuel consumption per flight significantly. The lower the costs for fuel, the more likely, an airline will prefer to fly fuel-spoiling fast. 

Aviation spoils tons of kerosene for small financial profits, nr. 1

Aviation spoils tons of kerosene for small financial profits by tanking excessive fuel


In order to get the cheapest fuel, big airlines buy much of their fuel in advance. This creates different prices at airports for each airline. Big airlines get usually the lowest prices at their home-bases. From there, airlines often fly their fuel over to other airports with higher prices. E.g. German Lufthansa flys it’s fuel from Munich to Amsterdam and the Dutch KLM flys it’s fuel from Amsterdam to Munich. Continue reading “Aviation spoils tons of kerosene for small financial profits, nr. 1”

Revolutionary aircraft technologies are delayed

Aviation needs revolutionary technologies quickly to curb CO2 emissions. However, these get delayed by cheap kerosene

1. International Air Transport Association (IATA), the association of the world’s airlines, sees an urgent need for revolutionary new aircraft designs


„Each new generation of aircraft yields a typical 15% fuel efficiency improvement compared to the generation it replaces. This replacement occurs on average every 20 years, although smaller serial improvements and retrofits occur in the intervening period.”
IATA Technology Roadmap for Environmental Improvement Fact Sheet Continue reading “Revolutionary aircraft technologies are delayed”

Alternatives for kerosene are delayed

Because kerosene can be used so cheaply, alternatives are neglected

1. Kerosene’s characteristics are unmatched.
It has the highest energy density (thrust to weight ratio) and chemical stability. It’s low freezing point allows efficient flights in cold air at high altitudes whilst it is very safe to use. A burning match doesn’t ignite a puddle of kerosene when it is thrown into.. Continue reading “Alternatives for kerosene are delayed”

Who pays tax for fuel for an 1000 km long journey?

Tax for fuel when travelling 2,000 km with 4 persons
Tax for fuel when travelling 2,000 km with 4 persons

Distance to destination 1.000 km. Airplane uses 3,65 L / 100 km per person. 1.000 km gives 36,5 L per person, or  146 L for 4 persons. No tax has to be payed for kerosene for international flights. Flights within the Emission Trading System (ETS) of the 28 EU member states plus Norwegen, Island and Lichtenstein pay €0,065 /L. This results in a tax of €9,49 for a single flight or €18,98 for a return flight. Lufthansa Fuel Consumption  The Convention on International Civil Aviation (ICAO) (Chicago 1944, Article 24) exempts all tax on fuel of international flights. As do the EU taxation rules

A car uses about 7,5 L / 100 km or 75L for 1.000 km. The usual tax amount for fuel within the EU including VAT is around €0,90 / Liter. For 75 L this amounts to €67,5 and for the complete journey to €135,-. Gas taxes Europe 2019


Prices for Kerosene are a joke

Car drivers pay constantly high prices for gasoline due to taxation. Prices for Kerosene are incredibly low and floating over a wide range.

The actual price for kerosene is € 0,22 /Liter and falling. In the past, it was as high as € 0,66 /Liter and as low as € 0,15 /Liter. Car drivers can only dream of …