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Flexible MTOW: how many airlines use it.

Thu Aug 01, 2019 6:44 pm

Hello,

AFAIK at least Ryanair in Europe have been able to get three different MTOW certified for their 737 (66,990kg, 69,990kg and 74,990kg).

This allows them to select for each flight the MTOW that is closest to the actual TOW.

For instance, If a flight is short (limited fuel carried onboard) or with low load factor, the selection of the lower MTOW means saving a significant amount of money for airport and navigation charges landing, which are all calculated based on the MTOW.

I’m just curios to know if there are other airlines out there using this smart way to pay lower airport/navigation charges or if Ryanair is the only one.

Thanks in advance for your answers.
 
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Re: Flexible MTOW: how many airlines use it.

Thu Aug 01, 2019 8:29 pm

I flew for one in Asia, that did use this system. Interestingly, flexible MTOW was based on airport - we had a list of airports, where our MTOW was reduced. Very clever IMO. The same plane flying eg. to Sydney had a full MTOW, whereas flying to HKG, the MTOW was lower by 25tons. Loadsheets were prepared accordingly and, more importantly navigation and landing charges.
 
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Re: Flexible MTOW: how many airlines use it.

Fri Aug 02, 2019 7:51 am

Ditto we use both variable (a band of weights) and multiple weight variations (different fixed weights) depending on stage length.
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Re: Flexible MTOW: how many airlines use it.

Fri Aug 02, 2019 8:23 am

zeke wrote:
Ditto we use both variable (a band of weights) and multiple weight variations (different fixed weights) depending on stage length.


Hi Zeke,

How does ‘band of weights’ work?

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