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This airline weighs the passenger and their carry-on luggage before departure

Finnair has started a three month trial which will allow you to optimize the current balance calculations of your aircraft, anticipating a more accurate approximation of the average weight of passengers and their carry-on luggage. With this objective, the Finnish airline will collect, during the months of February, April and May 2024, data on the average weight of customers and their hand luggage at the departure of their flights from Helsinki Airport. The data collected at your home hub will be used for future aircraft balance calculations and to make a more accurate estimate of aircraft requirements. fuel and one more efficient management of your operating costs.

The study consists of weighing volunteer passengers and all their cabin luggage at the departure gate. “Weighing is voluntary and anonymousand the data will only be used to optimize current balance calculations for Finnair aircraft,” the airline said.

Explain that each plane has a maximum weight established to guarantee a safe takeoff, and this weight cannot be exceeded. The weight of the aircraft includes the weight of the aircraft itself and the weight of fuel, checked baggage and cargo, on-board catering, water tanks and, of course, customers.

Finnair wants to have more precise data on weight on its flights. Source: Finnair

The airlines They know the weight of all these items, except the weight of the clients and their carry-on luggage, which is calculated using average weights, confirmed by the Civil Aviation Authority. The alternative is for airlines to use their own measurements and confirmation of their results by the authority, or use standard weights defined by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA).

Since 2018, Finnair uses average weights determined based on your own measurements, but the authorities require that these figures be updated every five years. Since previous measurements were taken in 2017 and 2018, now is the time to collect updated data, according to the company.

Satu Munnukka, head of ground processes at Finnair, said: “We use weighing data for the average calculations necessary for the safe operation of flights, and the data collected is in no way linked to customer personal data.”

The average weights calculated based on measurements will be delivered to Traficomthe Finnish Transport and Communications Agency, between July and September 2024, and after confirming the weights, the airline will use them for aircraft balancing and load calculations between 2025 and 2030.

The weighing area will rotate around a select number of exit doors of Finnair flights at Helsinki Airport. The plan will cover selected European flights within the Schengen area of ​​the first Finnish airport and a series of long-haul flights departing from the non-Schengen side.

“We weigh volunteer clients along with their carry-on luggage. In the measurement we do not request personal data, but the database records the total weight of the customer and hand luggage, the age, gender and travel class of the customer. No information is collected that would identify participants,” says Munnukka.

He adds that, in previous measurements, five years ago, a good number of volunteers wanted participate in the weighingso they hope to also have a good sample of volunteers this time, both business and leisure travelers.

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Source: Hosteltur

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