Airline pilots reveal commercial pressure to carry less fuel
Emergencies revealed by Exaro turn spotlight on fuel-loading policy of big airlinersBy Keith Perry | 20 August 2012
There is pressure on pilots by airlines to carry minimum fuel because it costs money to carry the extra weight
Retired Boeing 747 pilot
Britain’s commercial pilots are complaining of increasing pressure from airline bosses to carry less fuel because lighter planes are cheaper to operate.
Safety chiefs at the British Airline Pilots Association say that a combination of weather and traffic – despite advanced navigation and sophisticated forecasting – can leave aircraft running low on fuel when reserves have been cut to the minimum amount possible.
It comes as Exaro revealed over the weekend that three UK Boeing 747 passenger jets made emergency calls this year while flying over southern England because they were running out of fuel.
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