How long does it take to refuel an aircraft, e.g a 747, and what is the average time between land and takeof?

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    How long does it take to refuel an aircraft... this depends on the aircraft type and the destination of the outbound flight. A B737-300 usually takes about 15mins to take on fuel for a trip to Palma, around 14000 kgs of it. The time the aircraft are on the ground depends on the flight type... low cost airlines such as Ryanair and Thomsonfly usually base their program on a 25min turnround, the crew clean the aircraft cabin and theres no catering to go on, and most scheduled flights have 30 mins on the ground. Charter flights generally have 60 min turnrounds as they have to be recatered, cleaned etc.

    Source(s): I work at an airport
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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Different aircraft have different refuel rates. Larger aircraft can accept two refueling hoses to increase the rate...smaller aircraft have only one. To determine the refueling time, divide the gallons to be uploaded by the flow rate in gallons per minute. For a large aircraft fueling for a 14-hour flight, it can take an hour or more to refuel.

    Airlines are always looking for ways to decrease "turn time" i.e., the time between arriving at the gate and leaving again. An aircraft on the gate is not earning money, so getting it airborne quickly means more revenue. Aircraft that fly more hours in a day are said to have a higher utilization rate - very important. Southwest boasts that they can turn an aircraft in 20 minutes...that's fast!

    Here are the steps that need to be accomplished during an aircraf turn:

    Insert chocks/position jetway

    Deplane passengers

    Remove luggage and cargo

    Crew post-flight inspection

    Complete required maintenance

    Clean aircraft

    Cater aircraft (replace carts/drinks/food etc.)

    Refuel

    Load luggage and cargo

    Crew pre-flight inspection

    Pre-board customers

    Board customers

    Pre-departure checks

    Position pushback tractor

    Close-up

    Remove chocks

    Remove jetway

    De-ice aircraft (when necessary)

    Push back

    Note that many items are completed simultaneously, but all must be done before the aircraft can depart. The larger the aircraft, the longer it takes to complete all the steps. For example, a 747 preparing for a Trans-Pacific flight will begin to refuel as soon as it arrives at the gate. Obviously, it continues to refuel while cargo is loading, aircraft is being cleaned, etc.

    Next time you're at the airport, watch an aircraft turn from the time it arrives at the gate. You'll see all the things on the list happening. Enjoy.

    Source(s): 6-years as an airline Operations Manager.
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  • 1 decade ago

    A 747-400 would take an average of 15 to 30 minutes to refuel. A 747 empty on fuel shouldn't take more than 20 minutes. It also depends on the fuel flow. If it is fast it won't take more than 10 minutes. If slow it could take over 40-50 minutes. To take off the aircraft should take around 20 minutes for the air traffic to clear and could take 5-10 minutes to taxi on to the runway. It averagely takes 5 minutes to go from the runway to the gate.

    Happy flying!

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    The 747 Aircraft is so big it only needs to refuel before take off, because it carries more than enough fuel to get to it,s destination. So a flight from Heathrow to Australia, it has more than enough fuel for the flight, but it will stop in Singapore, mainly to give the passengers a break from the long flight and also more important pick up more passengers. It may top up it,s fuel tanks, thats a safety precaution tho.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    I have just returned home from a Dublin-London Heathrow flight on an A321, the plane arrived at 18:30 and we were airbourne by 19:20 so that was 40 minutes. Although there was a 20 minute delay from Air Traffic Control so was ready to depart 19:00 so turn around was 30 minutes.

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  • 3 years ago

    Assuming you advise "airplane provider." The C-one hundred thirty is the main important airplane ever landed intact on a provider deck. that's a extensive airplane, in spite of the undeniable fact that it has a particularly short wingspan for its frequent length, and that's designed for severe short container landings and takeoffs. A jet airliner with swept wings and turbojet engines does no longer have the slightest probability of touchdown on a provider deck. that's basically too great, and it does no longer in good shape on the deck. The island and different sticking out factors might tear the wings off it, and it does no longer have of challenge of slowing down. those great airliners are plenty too great and heavy to paintings with the arresting equipment on a provider deck, whether geared up with a tail hook. So the respond to "what's going to ensue" is that there will be a congressional study and a set of human beings will lose their jobs. The wreckage of the airplane will sink interior the sea, and the provider will head in for some minor maintenance.

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  • 1 decade ago

    turn-around time (the time it takes for the aircraft to land, get to the gate and get ready for the next flight) takes about half an hour and fuel depending on how much is needed is loaded within that time, this i believe is standard no matter what jet (737 or 747 etc) you are flying on

    Source(s): "airport" (book)
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  • 1 decade ago

    It takes about 40minutes depending on pax weight, baggage weight, distance. Aircraft also take more fuel if they can when fuel prices are higher at the other airfield. The pumps to fill an aircraft can fill your average car tank in about 10 seconds

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  • 1 decade ago

    737 turmaround time (time for arrival at the gate to departure), Southwest has managed to get it below 30 minutes some times (24 minutes)

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    i worked for southwest for eight yrs .....for a boeing 747 average time for swa was 20 min from land to takeoff......unless in winter it could take longer because of deiceing......and to refuel it depends on how much it came in with and where it is going......... but it can take at least 10-15 min........but it all depends on whats going on...so many factors....weather ....passengers....if they have seat assignments.....crew changes....ect...ect...

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