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goingnowherefast
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Tankering Fuel

Post by goingnowherefast » Tue Jan 15, 2019 5:15 am

I've always wondered, do international carriers tanker fuel to/from places with vastly different fuel prices? Example, typically departing for Europe with a lot of extra fuel and returning closer to min fuel?

I know it costs fuel (money) to carry fuel, but I'm sure some accountant did the math on this.
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Re: Tankering Fuel

Post by ant_321 » Tue Jan 15, 2019 7:48 am

Yes. Where I work the flight planning system figures out the cheapest way to do it using the price at the departure airport and arrival airport. We quite regularly tanker 2000kgs+ into places with expensive fuel.
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Re: Tankering Fuel

Post by A346Dude » Tue Jan 15, 2019 8:10 am

Most planes landing in the north from the south land at max landing weight, carrying as much fuel as possible. The price delta makes it a no brainer.
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Re: Tankering Fuel

Post by ahramin » Tue Jan 15, 2019 8:45 am

Our flight plans show the cost or savings for an extra tonne of fuel. I've never seen a trans atlantic flight with a positive number, you'd burn a third of it getting it there. I've tankered 20 000 kgs but that was a 4 hour leg to an island destination and even then we were saving about $100 a tonne after burning a tonne and a half to bring it there.
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Re: Tankering Fuel

Post by cjet » Tue Jan 15, 2019 10:00 am

We tanker fuel all the time at WJ. Mostly from closer US departure points.(LGA, MCO)
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Re: Tankering Fuel

Post by Eric Janson » Fri Jan 18, 2019 11:32 pm

A rough rule of thumb is it costs 4%/hour to tanker fuel.

On a 10 hour flight that's a 40% penalty (400kg to take an extra 1000kg).

At my company whether or not we carry extra will depend on a lot of factors not just the price.

My company flies for multiple clients - each operation has its own unique requirements.
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