U.S. airlines - fuel consumption 2004-2018

In 2018 around 17.87 billion gallons of fuel were consumed by U.S. airlines, compared to a high of 18.43 billion gallons in 2007. While the consumption of airline fuel in the United States has increased in recent years, it is yet to surpass the levels seen prior to the great recession.

Commercial airlines

The above figures include all commercial air carriers based in the U.S. who carry cargo and/or passengers on domestic or international flights, and with annual revenues of over 20 million U.S. dollars. Excluded is airline fuel used for military or private flights. Given that the U.S. has the largest business and military aircraft fleets in the world, if included the figures would be appreciably higher.

Overall growth in commercial aviation

Given the commercial aviation market in the U.S. has experienced strong growth since 2009, with revenues and passenger traffic well above pre-recession levels, the fact that fuel consumption is currently lower than in 2007 may appear curious. The likely explanation is that the cost of airline fuel reached record levels around 2012, forcing airlines to find ways to decrease fuel consumption wherever possible.

Total fuel consumption of U.S. airlines from 2004 to 2018

Fuel consumption in billion gallons
201817.87
201717.3
201617.04
201516.73
201416.22
201315.9
201215.86
201116.35
201016.3
200916.23
200817.98
200718.43
200618.24
200518.32
200418.14
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Source

Release date

2019

Region

United States

Survey time period

2004 to 2018

Supplementary notes

The values have been rounded.

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