I have been very inquisitive about air travel lately. This took me on a journey to actually find out how much it costs to fuel planes.
In this article, we would be using a Boeing 747 as reference and data (cost of aviation fuel) provided by IATA (International Air Transport Association).We would be calculating how much fuel would be consumed on a flight from Lagos (MMA) to London (Heathrow).
First, let’s get some parameters right
Distance between the two airports :
Approx. 5,006 Km
Time taken for the journey :
6 hours 35 mins , which is equal to 395 mins
Cost of aviation fuel :
According to IATA, it costs211.23 cts/gal
cts/gal is a term used in aviation,it means cents per gallon.
Lets convert this figure to ₦/litre
Lets use 360 per $
One dollar is 100 cents
211.23 cents = 2.11 dollars
To Naira = ₦759.6
This figure is per gallon
1 Gallon is approx. 3.79 litres
That means its costs ₦759.6 per 3.79 litres
That gives us ₦200.42 per litre
Quantity of fuel used for the journey :
The Boeing 747 uses about 12 litres per kilometre
Remember we are travelling 5,006 Km
That’s60,072 litresconsumed from Lagos to London
Let’s covert that to Naira
Remember it costs₦200.42per litre
That brings the total cost of fuel to travel from Lagos to London to₦12,039,630.24!!
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