New ‘yard stick’ for measuring air cargo proposed

CLIVE Data Services

The global utilisation of air cargo capacity is 35 per cent higher than the traditional industry indicators suggest, according to a new data services company CLIVE Data Services.

The company says that refreshing the way air cargo capacity usage is measured to reflect modern-day reality will strengthen the airlines’ voices with all stakeholders, not least airports, slot coordinators, legislators and aircraft manufacturers.

Underpinning this new way of thinking by CLIVE Data Services’ ‘Selfie app’ is the realisation that air cargo load factors based on weight utilisation now paint a misleading picture of how full flights really are.

“This is caused by the methodology used,” says CLIVE’s managing director, Niall van de Wouw. Traditionally, the amount of cargo flown in kgs is divided by the level of cargo capacity in kgs.

But, van de Wouw says the reality for the vast majority of widebody and freighter flights is that cargo capacity in cubic metres is the limiting factor, not the cargo capacity in kgs. “Consequently, existing load factors, based only on weight, underestimate how full planes really are, and thus give a distorted picture of how the industry really is performing,” he says.

“The fact that flights nearly always ‘cube out’ before they ‘weigh out’ is a result of the aircraft’s higher capacity density (available kgs per cubic metre) than the average density of the goods moved by air.

“Looking ahead it is very likely that this discrepancy in capacity density and cargo density will further increase. On the capacity side, we have new planes entering the market which can lift more kgs of cargo per cubic metre than ever before. And, on the cargo side, the surge in e-commerce traffic will further decrease the average density of the cargo flown,” van de Wouw adds.

CLIVE’s analyses shows the real utilisation of air cargo capacity on a global level is 35 per cent higher than the traditional indicator suggests.

“We therefore believe it is time for a new yardstick: The dynamic load factor,” he says. To support this CLIVE will now begin publishing a dynamic load factor analyses each month, considering both the volume and the weight perspective of the cargo flown and capacity available.

The analyses are based on flight data shared by a representative group of airlines operating to all corners of the globe. “We strongly believe that this new yardstick will create a better understanding and more appreciation for the industry at regulatory and governmental levels, van de Wouw says.

The company will publish an overview of the load factor trends for the previous month in the first week of each month to “ensure the industry has access to both the most accurate and most recent data,” he says.

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New 'yard stick' for measuring air cargo proposed
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The global utilisation of air cargo capacity is 35 per cent higher than the traditional industry indicators suggest, according to a new data services company CLIVE Data Services.
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