A US-based Boeing 737 pilot reveals how much fuel is needed for a 2.5-hour flight. Photo/REUTERS
A pilot of an airline in the United States (US) said it was one of the most common questions asked.
US-based Boeing 737 pilot Morgan explains how much fuel it will take to make the 2.5-hour journey from Austin, Texas to San Diego, California.
The explanation was presented via TikTok, making many people surprised because it turns out that so much fuel is needed.
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“Honestly, we almost never fill the (fuel) tank. Instead we just took enough for our flights,” Morgan said in his recently uploaded video @almostcaptainmorgan.
The Chicago-based pilot, who has recorded nearly 14 million views on his videos, said to make the 1,654km flight, the plane needs 14,800 pounds of fuel—that’s the equivalent of 6,713kg.
Morgan says the reason he counts fuel in pounds is because airlines talk about fuel in terms of weight, not gallons or liters.
“Just because there was a bit of weather in the area, the delivery gave us 1,700 pounds (771kg) of hold fuel and 1,700 pounds of added fuel,” he explained.
“We also have 45 minutes of spare fuel that we never planned to use—all this adds up to 23,000 pounds.”