AlitaliaORD From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 242 posts, RR: 0 Posted (10 years 9 months 3 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 1925 times:
I've noticed alot of people on this site are able to determine load factors when a flight is put in question. Is there any way a non-airline employee or a non travel agent can get that info? I know it's possible on AA's website and used to be on UA, but is there a general site that shows that info?
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FrontierCPT From Australia, joined Jun 2004, 973 posts, RR: 7
Reply 1, posted (10 years 9 months 3 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 1866 times:
Go to www.itn.net, and go through the normal booking process, after you have chosen the fight you wanted, and get to the part where you review your flights, there is an icon to choose your seats. But you can just see which seats are taken, and the amount of open seats left, and check the load factors.
Carduelis From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2001, 1586 posts, RR: 10
Reply 4, posted (10 years 9 months 3 weeks 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 1751 times:
The term Load Factors has been used on this forum so many times, but reading the overall messages from contributors, what is generally being looked for is usually a Specific Availability. Availability is an indication of the number of seats available on a specific flight. Remember ABC - Availability is Capacity minus Booked. The figures in CRS usually include a percentage overbooking profile placed by Yield Mangement in their experienced and infinite wisdom.
On the other hand the expression Load Factors is generally referred to as the actual number of carried passengers divided by capacity of the flight, expressed as a percentage. This, of course, relates to reports made after the aircraft has actualy departed, not as an expression of availabilty before departure.
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RDUDDJI From Lesotho, joined Jun 2004, 1614 posts, RR: 3
Reply 5, posted (10 years 9 months 3 weeks 6 days ago) and read 1700 times:
For Publicly held US airlines, the information is publicly available in their Shareholder reports (usually quarterly). Plus many of the folks on this board work for one airline or another, so they have pretty good insight. Also, most airports require that the airlines that serve them provide a report (usually monthly) to show how many pax were carried.
Don't waste your time with ITN, most airlines save a bunch of seats for their upper level Frequent Travelers, and also save many seats for Day of Departure. (i.e. exit row, bulkhead, etc.)
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