A typical Boeing 747-400 passenger jet burns between 5,633 and 5,772 pounds of jet fuel on takeoff. For Boeing 747-400 freighters, the amount increases to between 6,389 and 6,589 pounds.Continue Reading
The 747-8 passenger plane can carry up to 422,000 pounds of jet fuel, or 63,034 gallons. This allows the 747-8 to fly nonstop from Los Angeles, Calif. to Melbourne, Australia, and have a maximum range of 7,790 nautical miles per flight. Its maximum take-off weight is nearly one million pounds.
Fuel consumption has become a critical issue for airlines. Airlines spend around 40 percent of their operating costs on jet fuel, which has increased in price more than five times between 1990 and 2008.Learn more about Airplanes & Helicopters