N6376m From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (9 years 9 months 20 hours ago) and read 3284 times:
Please forgive me if this is a stupid question -
I know that airplane manufacturers market their passenger planes based on direct CASM? Is there an equivalent measure for freighter aircraft (i.e. Cost per available pound (kg) mile) that is used to quickly determine which aircraft is more efficient?
B727-200 From Australia, joined Nov 1999, 1051 posts, RR: 3
Reply 1, posted (9 years 9 months 11 hours ago) and read 3160 times:
In Australia (we use the metric system), freight carried is measured in cents per Revenue Tonne Kilometres (RTK's), with the cost to operate the service measured in cents per Available Tonne Kilometres (ATK's).
So, if you have a 1,500 km flight with a 20 Tonne payload that costs $12,000 to operate, the cost per ATK would be calculated as follows:
$12,000 / 20 Tonnes / 1,500km = $0.40 per ATK
This is a very simplistic model, but should answer you question.