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What we have

Step 1 is a benchmark of your Fuel Efficiency Programme against that of more than 60 airlines with 70 different aircraft types, using several KPIs (specific fuel consumption, fuel mileage).
The benchmark:

  • Establishes a baseline for the fuel efficiency performance per fleet
  • Allows you to compare your performance against industry peers
  • Indicates the remaining potential savings compared to the best performing airline

NLR maintains a benchmark database with fuel performance data of over 60 airlines operating almost 70 different civil transport aircraft types. The database contains data on the annual fuel usage per aircraft type and the annual aircraft utilisation. It also includes information on passenger load factors, average trip times, specific aircraft types and configurations (e.g. winglets), engine types and fleet age. This information allows the benchmark to be tailored to the specific operation and fleets of the airline.

The example above shows a benchmark of an airline operating a fleet of 10 B737-800 aircraft with the following characteristics:

  • Specific fuel consumption: 2.5 litres/100 pax km
  • Capacity: 189 seats
  • Passenger load factor: 90%
  • Average trip time: 3.5 hr
  • Total fuel consumption: 50,000 metric tonne/year
  • Average fleet age: 1 year
  • Winglets: 100 %

The black horizontal bracket in the diagram indicates the spread of the benchmark airlines (worst performing on the left end of the bracket; best performing on the right). In this specific example the potential annual savings are over 4 million US$ (based on the difference in fuel mileage between the client airline and the best performing benchmark airline).