The commuter airlines are finding that fuel is not available in markets from which certificated carriers have withdrawn since deregulation in 1978. A departing certificated carrier typically takes its fuel allotment when it leaves the market, and the oil companies have placed a moratorium on new business. A plea has been made for special consideration to the relatively small fuel requirement of the commuter airline industry considering that it provides the only air transportation link to so many of the smaller communities. The actual severity of both the higher prices and shortages of jet-fuel and aviation gasoline have been determined in a random sampling of 14 commuter airlines. In 1978 commuter airlines carried 10 million passengers and consumed .7% of all aviation fuel or .06% of all fuel used for passenger transportation. The average commuter aircraft attains 51.8 seat miles per gallon of fuel. The type of fuel used by the various aircraft, and the origin of the imported fuel are discussed.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Commuter Airline Association of America

    1101 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Suite 700
    Washington, DC  United States  20036
  • Publication Date: 1979-5

Media Info

  • Pagination: p. 2-7
  • Serial:

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00196754
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 28 1979 12:00AM