How much fuel does the A380 use for taxiing before takeoff and after landing? What does it cost at today's pricing?

  • $\begingroup$ Fuel costs vary by airport, country, and the airlines make deals with suppliers. You need to be more specific. This link seems to generally cover what you ask aviation.stackexchange.com/questions/654/… $\endgroup$
    – CrossRoads
    Apr 18, 2018 at 12:59
  • $\begingroup$ Costs also depend on flight duration, passenger and cargo load, cabin crew numbers (salaries), airport taxes, etc $\endgroup$ Apr 18, 2018 at 13:11
  • $\begingroup$ @CrossRoads The question you linked answers this question. Possible duplicate. $\endgroup$
    – Farhan
    Apr 18, 2018 at 13:33
  • $\begingroup$ You have two different questions here: the total cost of operating an A380 (probably answered here, as others have said), and the fuel required for taxiing (some information here but may not be exactly what you want). You might want to separate them. $\endgroup$
    – Pondlife
    Apr 18, 2018 at 19:08

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Fuel burn

To be meaningful it's best to compare it. It is approximately 4 times what an A320 needs. So if both planes are fully booked, then in theory each passenger should pay the same for the taxi fuel -- it would become an issue though when the A380 has a low load factor.

Taxi Fuel is 1 170 lb for an average taxi duration of 12 min.

While for 12 minutes an A320 needs 300 lb.


As of 20 April 2018, it would cost Emirates -- the largest A380 operator -- about \$360 for a 12 min taxi in Dubai (less than a dollar per passenger).

But Dubai is a busy airport and as such the taxi duration can exceed 12 minutes. For example Emirates 203 from a few days ago had a taxi time of 30 minutes. Operating a large airplane at a busy airport has its costs.


  • Airbus FCOMs for the A320 and A380
  • IATA fuel monitor (jet fuel cost varies by region).
  • $\begingroup$ "1 170 lb for ... 12 min" ...or pretty close to 100 lbs/minute. $\endgroup$
    – user
    Apr 24, 2018 at 12:24

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