In one month of jet travel, Trudeau used enough fuel to power a trucker convoy

By: - Climate DepotAugust 5, 2022 8:28 AM

In July, as calculated by the National Post’s Bryan Passifiume, there were only 11 days where Trudeau was not travelling aboard the official prime ministerial jet.

In 20 trips — almost all of which were for photo ops or goodwill visits — Trudeau logged 26,238 kilometres of jet travel. This included a 5,500-km flight to spend six hours at the Calgary Stampede, and a 62-km hop between Penticton and Kelowna in order to avoid rush hour traffic.

All of the flying was done aboard a CC-144 Challenger, a Bombardier-made private jet that is the smallest of the RCAF aircraft typically used for VIP transport. For longer journeys, the prime minister will take a converted former airliner known as the CC-150 Polaris.

Nevertheless, according to Bombardier’s own statistics on average fuel burn, even if these Challenger flights had been operated at maximum fuel efficiency, they would have consumed a minimum of 33,310 litres of Jet A-1 fuel.

That’s roughly enough fuel to fill up an entire tanker truck or a large backyard pool. While jet fuel is not interchangeable with gasoline, it can be used to run diesel engines.