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.Know More
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 in Airplanes & Helicopters
Boeing 747s can fly at Mach 0.92, but they typically cruise at Mach 0.88. This speed changes based on the plane's altitude, which affects the density of the atmosphere.Full Answer >
The Airbus A380 is a plane that uses 2.9 liters (0.76 gallons) of fuel per passenger for every 100 kilometers (60 miles) that the plane travels.The A380 was revealed back in the year 2005 and it is one of the most popular jumbo jets in use today.Full Answer >
The number of passengers a Boeing 747 can hold depends on the model of the plane and the class configuration used, according to Boeing. With a typical three-class configuration, the Boeing 747-400 can hold 416 passengers. With a typical two-class configuration, it can hold 524.Full Answer >
A chart of the typical Boeing 747-400 seating arrangement can be found on Boeing's website. However, each individual airline and possibly each individual aircraft within an airline's fleet of 747-400's may be arranged slightly differently.Full Answer >