I recently filed several formal complaints with DOT on matters pertaining to fuel surcharges. Complaints are linked here. I'd be happy to discuss this generally, but I'm most interested in feedback from Airliners.net gurus on the question of cargo capacity, specifically for certain BA transatlantic flights. Confirming BA's cargo capacity will help estimate BA's fuel surcharge revenue and hence BA's compliance with applicable DOT requirements.
BA's web site states that its 777-200 IGW aircraft (BA's most common 777 subfleet) can carry up to 39,700 lbs of cargo. I'm trying to figure out whether passenger baggage is included in that 39,700 lb figure. My interpretation of that "cargo" figure was that BA has already deducted anticipated passenger baggage. But in a recent submission to DOT (p.9), BA suggested otherwise -- deducting 9,062 kg for passenger baggage.
If passengers bring the usual amount of checked baggage (and I've seen various estimates on industry and regulator sites), how much cargo capacity can BA reasonably expect to sell for freight?
I realize that cargo capacity is route-specific due to fuel requirements. I've been using BOS-LHR as a baseline for analysis. I know BA operates a mix of 777-200 types. If there's reason to think BA uses one type rather than another on this route, or that the IGW type is otherwise not the right one to use for estimation purposes here, I'd be interested in folks' thinking on that.
I've also been looking at 747 service LHR-LAX. (There's no special rationale for these routes or aircraft -- just wanted to present a mix of directions, aircraft, and segment lengths.)
In its Answer, BA stated as follows: "[T]he ... cargo capacity of BA’s 777 is 20,184 kg. Taking into account the 9,062 kg set aside for passenger baggage, there is a billable cargo capacity of only 11,122 kg." This seems low to me, relative to what other carriers, Boeing, BA's own web site, etc. say about freight capacity -- but I look forward to thoughts from people here.