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### What Is The Measure Of Freighter Efficiency?

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?

Thanks.

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### RE: What Is The Measure Of Freighter Efficiency?

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.

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### RE: What Is The Measure Of Freighter Efficiency?

Is there data available to break down between complete cost to operate (loading etc....) and just the cost of flight with the extra weight?

I'm trying to work out the marginal cost of adding or removing weight from an aircraft.

Thanks!

Joseph

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