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Non-Us Airline Load Factors

Posted: Mon Jun 11, 2018 2:58 pm
by cloudboy
In the US, airlines are trying to get their planes as full as possible. Outside of B6, I can't tell you the last time there was more than maybe 2 empty seats on the entire plane.

Is this something that has spread throughout non-US airlines now, or do they tend to have smaller load factors these days?

Re: Non-Us Airline Load Factors

Posted: Mon Jun 11, 2018 3:13 pm
by SRQKEF
What do you mean by that? Are you asking if any non-US airlines are intentionally leaving empty seats on their flights???

If that's the question, than the answer is quite obviously no. Almost all airlines are in the business to make a profit and the more seats you fill, the more likely you are to be profitable.

Re: Non-Us Airline Load Factors

Posted: Mon Jun 11, 2018 3:20 pm
by klakzky123
cloudboy wrote:
In the US, airlines are trying to get their planes as full as possible. Outside of B6, I can't tell you the last time there was more than maybe 2 empty seats on the entire plane.

Is this something that has spread throughout non-US airlines now, or do they tend to have smaller load factors these days?


This is pretty common across the world. The Airline world has shifted towards a revenue management model that emphasizes a balance between load factors and yield. Back in the day, you had airlines flying widebodies on domestic flights and 747s on routes that had no need for that kind of capacity.

The plethora of narrowbody and widebody options (with varying sizes) has allowed airlines to right size their fleets and in turn reduce unnecessary capacity. Add in deregulation (which allowed airlines to introduce variable pricing) and the end result is fewer unfilled seats on the average route.

Re: Non-Us Airline Load Factors

Posted: Mon Jun 11, 2018 4:05 pm
by chepos
From my experience as an airline employee is that Domestic US flights are usually full, there is always exceptions and some periods are heavier than others, hub to hub flights always have high load factors (transcons as well). Long haul international flying is more seasonal in nature from my experience, for example mid Feb flights to Europe tend to have lower load factors. Mid January to Deep South America flights are jam packed,etc etc.