Air Travel

Airbus say that their latest A380 aeroplane is fuel-efficient and uses 2.9l of fuel per 100km passenger miles.

Let's look at that in more detail:

2.9l/100km is equivalent to about 97mpg. So, compared with a car it's more efficient. However, this 2.9 figure is based on a full plane with its most dense seating arrangement. It also only applies to long-haul flights so that the high fuel consumption at take-off is mitigated by the long journey.

For a family going on holiday by car, they won't be taking a car each so each person in a family of four will only use a quarter of the car's fuel. A typical consumption of 40mpg multiplied by four gives 160mpg equivalent - much better than the A380.

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