On any given day, more than 80,000 U.S. flights carry passengers to and from vacations, business trips, and visits to friends and family. We are fortunate to live in a time when planes are more efficient, air travel is safer and average ticket prices are lower than in previous decades, allowing us to connect to who and what we care about more easily than ever before.
As flying becomes increasingly accessible and more passengers take to the skies, airlines rely heavily on American-made jet fuel to help get people where they need to go. The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) projected in its 2018 Annual Energy Outlook that jet fuel consumption is expected to grow more than any other transportation fuel, rising 64 percent between 2017 and 2050. Thankfully, U.S. refiners produce an average of 1.6 million barrels of jet fuel per day, helping meet that demand.
AFPM members make jet fuels by blending and refining various crude oil petroleum distillation products, including naphtha, gasoline and kerosene to meet specific standards. Here in the United States, the most common fuels for commercial planes are Jet A and Jet-A1, while Jet B is used to enhance cold-weather performance.
Reliable access to these fuels helps ensure air travel prices are accessible for consumers and engines are running smoothly to transport passengers quickly and safely. This means spending vacation budget on an extra day at the beach, not travel costs. This means knocking out that business trip to make it home early for story time.
This is progress American refiners are proud to be a part of.