From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Jay Vassos-Libove) Organization: MindSpring Enterprises Date: 14 Aug 95 03:43:30 References: 1
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On a recent flight from Narita airport (Tokyo, Japan) nonstop to Atlanta Hartsfield International Airport, the 747-400 we rode took off at 825,000 pounds, and landed at about 515,000 pounds with something like 5,000 pounds fuel margin once we parked at the gate. (I'm quite sure of my take off weight number - I could be off a bit on my landing weight and fuel reserve numbers). We were a full flight (that Japan Air Lines 747-400 is configured for about 360 seats - there is a HUGE Business Class), but of course I have no idea how much luggage/cargo we were carrying. The aircraft is rated for MGTOW of 850,000 pounds under the best of circumstances. So, the answer to your first question is "you can put over 300,000 pounds of fuel in to a 747-400". How much it uses to take off depends on how heavy it is at take off. Large civilian jets use jet fuel which is sort of like kerosene, so it should be well under US$1.00/gallon. Of course, there are taxes and such, so that actual cost I dunno. -- Jay Vassos-Libove libove@MindSpring.com 11575 Laurel Lake Drive +1 404 552 0543 Roswell, GA 30075 Ask me about MindSpring U.S.A. Internet access in Atlanta!