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What Is the Gas Mileage of a Boeing 747?

A Boeing 747 gets about 0.2 miles per gallon (just under 1 kilometer per liter). This may sound like a gas guzzler, but if you fill a 747 to 3/4 of its passenger capacity, it is actually more fuel efficient than a passenger car with a driver and one passenger. This, of course, is in terms of fuel used per passenger.

Fun flight facts:

  • A Boeing 747 holds about 63,705 gallons (241,140 liters) of gas.

  • It takes about 12,755 gallons (48,283 liters) of gas to fly from Los Angeles to Honolulu.

  • Total flights flown on all 747s together add up to about 42 billion nautical miles (77.8 billion km), or 101,500 trips to the moon and back.

  • 3.5 billion people, more than half of the world's population, have flown on a 747.

  • Take-off speed is about 180 miles per hour (290 km/hr); the airplane lands at about 160 miles per hour (260 km/hr).

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