Decided I would share this little formula, keep in mind that this only works on airlines that are a maximum of 1 month old.

So a new airline starts-possibly competition and you want to know his load factor? well it isn't displayed, but we can work it out.

1. Go to the airline's "info page" and on the right should be a box saying "general statistics", remember the number.

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2. Now click the "facts and figures" tab and add together these numbers, remember this number also.

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(May want to get a calculator by now)

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3. Divide the number you got in step 1 by the number in step 2 (In other words, the passengers transported divided by the total amount of seats offered)

If you are doing this correctly then the number will always be smaller than 1

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Now simply multiply by 100

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and round to 2 decimal points (if you want to...)

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and there it is! :D

If there is demand, then I will create a thread showing how to calculate your predicted revenue/profit for the current week by using your seat load factor.

There is a possibility to calculate Load for any airline not just 1 month old.

Go to Information --> Statistics --> Enterprises passengers/week --> find the airline you are interest in --> Then go to Enterprises passengers capacity/week --> Divide two numbers and you get an accurate measure for seat load factor

Depends. A is making more money. B has a higher ORS rating. Or maybe not. Depends on whether they are flying to the same airports, and many other factors. Can't really make a determination on how another airline is doing unless you own stock in their company and can really look at their information.

Sure, yet the pure seat load factor wont tell you much if anything about how well an airline is doing.

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Hi,

with all due respect, I think the seat load factor gives a pretty good idea of how an airline is doing.

Obviously there are many other factors like weekly profit margin, pricing policy, age of the fleet, number of maintenance categories, profitability of the planes, sort of routes, whatever. But seat load is usually the first thing I check when I analyse another airline.

After all, not that many airlines install ecoplus seats and sell them at half the price they could sell them for. And by the way, remember the discussions about the changed AGEX... it was all about seat loads ;-)

with all due respect, I think the seat load factor gives a pretty good idea of how an airline is doing.

Obviously there are many other factors like weekly profit margin, pricing policy, age of the fleet, number of maintenance categories, profitability of the planes, sort of routes, whatever. But seat load is usually the first thing I check when I analyse another airline.

After all, not that many airlines install ecoplus seats and sell them at half the price they could sell them for. And by the way, remember the discussions about the changed AGEX... it was all about seat loads ;-)

Jan

Please note that I was referring to pure load factors.

You agree that there's a multitude of factors besides the load factor. The more factors you know, the better the judgement. So if the load factor of my airline decreases I know that there's something going on - and ideally I'd know why... Not so in case of the competition.

We both agree that generally, the best load factor of a well established and controlled production should be close to 100%, but not 100%.

Let's pick a simplified real life example for why a load factor stand alone is not suitable for judgement all the time:

I have a factory that has an output of 100 units a day with direct costs of 100$/unit. Important is to know the customers price acceptance graph for your product. You know that you have to ask 500$ to sell all 100. So that’s 50,000$ for an input of 100. Contribution margin = 40,000$. But what if you still could sell 80 if you’d ask 600$? We’re at 48,000$ for 80 input, the factory runs at 80% load. Contribution margin = again 40,000$.

Sure, you'd certainly try to make good use of those remaining 20% capacity, try to shrink to save overhead or start an ad campaign etc. in order to get closer to 100% load, but until then, someone outside your company could come to wrong conclusions when only looking at the load factor.

Of course I agree that load factors are good indicators for an AS-airline's well being, but only as long as other factors are also taken into account.