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.
Cheap kerosene makes airlines fly kerosene-spoiling fast to safe costs for maintenance
Aircraft maintenance costs go by the hour. The faster the flights, the lower the maintenance costs. Airlines prefer to consume more fuel and fly at higher speeds instead of saving fuel when prices are low.
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”
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”
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