When a big jet like B787 needs to be fueled with empty tanks, ideally how much time it will take to go full?


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According to Boeing (via airliners.net), it takes 53 minutes to load 55,800 US gallons with two fuel trucks operating at 35 psi delivery pressure. The total fuel capacity of the 787-8 is 33,340 US gal, so fueling from empty to full should take about 31.6 minutes with two trucks.

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    $\begingroup$ That's a fantastic answer, but may I trouble you for a source? $\endgroup$
    – Lightsider
    Commented Jun 17, 2015 at 12:21
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    $\begingroup$ @Lightsider here is the source : airliners.net/aviation-forums/tech_ops/read.main/335483 $\endgroup$ Commented Jun 17, 2015 at 12:49
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    $\begingroup$ 55800 US gallons is about 200 tons. How do you get that into 2 fuel trucks? $\endgroup$ Commented Jun 23, 2015 at 22:47
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    $\begingroup$ @steveverrill most large airports have hydrant system which feed fuel to trucks. The truck just pump the fuel from hydrant to plane. $\endgroup$
    – vasin1987
    Commented Nov 24, 2015 at 6:46

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