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Video answers: ‘How fuel efficient is an airplane?’

Here are the answers to last Friday’s video, enjoy!

Suggested ICAO level for video: 5+

  1. Its maximum takeoff weight (MTOW) is 442 metric tons.
  2. Its capacity is 238,610 litres of fuel.
  3. It uses 4 litres of fuel per second.
  4. The 747-8 is much more inefficient according to this comparison.
  5. After factoring in the passengers on board and calculating efficiency per person per kilometre, the 747-8 uses around 0.04 litres per 0.6 kilometres per person (based on 500 people on board), which makes it more fuel efficient than a car with 4 people inside it.

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