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Average weight + volume of check-in luggage on flights.

Sun Dec 31, 2017 1:32 pm

Hopefully some people in the know (preferably Airport ops) can weigh in on this:

What would be a good ballpark estimate for a "typical range" of total weights and volume taken by Passenger check-in luggage in these scenarios:
  • TPAC on a non-LCC carrier (i.e 50-70lb/person check-in limit), for 300-350 people (think 77W/A350)
  • U.S TCON on a "regular" carrier, for 150-200 people (think 739/A321/757)
  • TATL on a non-LCC carrier, for 200-250 people (think 767/787)

Also, how much leftover space either in terms of LD3/m^3, would be available for cargo in each scenario, assuming payload/range isn't a limiting factor? Thanks in advance
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Re: Average weight + volume of check-in luggage on flights.

Sun Dec 31, 2017 9:19 pm

I believe you can find everything you are looking for in AC 120-27E. Beyond that, things like checked luggage per passenger are very route and season specific. No way to give the ballpark figures you are looking for per aircraft type. E.G. people don't golf PHX in July and people don't ski Utah in August. Foreign nationals don't haul mass quantities of shopping to the US but return with some pretty impressive amounts of checked luggage.
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Re: Average weight + volume of check-in luggage on flights.

Mon Jan 01, 2018 7:06 pm

A typical United 737-900 out of Denver will have about 120 bags on board. I've seen as few as 5, and as many as 235. But for the most part it is around 100-125. A320 will have about 100 bags usually.

It really varies, you are essentially asking how long a piece of string is.
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