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What Is Cost Index?  
User currently offlineLMML 14/32 From Malta, joined Jan 2001, 2565 posts, RR: 6
Posted (12 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

What effect does the cost index have on the operation of the aircraft? And why is it that different aircraft, even of the same type, are operated with different indexes?

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User currently offlineCx flyboy From Hong Kong, joined Dec 1999, 6642 posts, RR: 55
Reply 1, posted (12 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Cost index is a made up figure, which when input into the FMC is used to calculate ECON speed. The higher the cost index number, the faster the aircraft flies. Basically, the company decides on the cost of keeping the aircraft in the air, and includes all sorts of costs such as crew, aircraft operating costs, fuel etc.. They then decide whether they want the aircraft to fly faster or slower and adjust the cost index as needed.

For example, on the 744s at Cathay, we normally use CI-80. On certain flights, where the connection time is tight in Hong Kong for passengers, they might flight plan a CI or 250, or 500. This makes the aircraft fly faster. On the other end of the scale, CX255 leaves HKG at 00:45ish, and cannot arrive before 6am due to curfews at Heathror. a CI-0 is used to make the aircraft fly slower. Beyond around 500-600, it does not make a difference what you input, because the aircraft cannot fly faster, and will obviously not deliberately overspeed the aircraft, but a figure up to 9999 will be accepted by the FMC.

The airline cannot tell an aircraft to fly a certain high or low speed, because that speed will always be different at different altitudes etc.. By giving the FMC a CI, it works out the best fast or slow speed to fly based on the conditions at the time.

It's a little hard to understand, and hopefully I have not confused you too much!!


User currently offlineLMML 14/32 From Malta, joined Jan 2001, 2565 posts, RR: 6
Reply 2, posted (12 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

You have explained it perfectly for me to understand. Our pilots normally fly our 737's with a CI-30 to 60. I was told this depends on the kind of lease of the aircraft. Aircraft that are paid by the flying hour are flown faster than others. But CI pilot's discretion?

User currently offlineCx flyboy From Hong Kong, joined Dec 1999, 6642 posts, RR: 55
Reply 3, posted (12 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

In our company the CI can be reduced at the pilots discretion if the aircraft is running early. However, it can only be increased if the aircraft is going to be significantly late, in which case the company normally takes the initiative to tell the pilots to input a higher CI. If we put in a higher CI for no good reason, we would get into trouble!!

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