Category Archives: Production Operations

IATA to review air cargo load factor calculations

Project Selfie examined load factors used in reporting by major airlines. It turns out that there is a wide range of ways the load factor is calculated by airlines. Weight alone yields low load factors (the percent of utilization of the aircraft with respect to cargo weight).  Most of the airlines use a combination of weight and size, and this is done differently for different carriers.  Thus they report load factors on different bases, so they are not comparable.   IATA, the industry group, wants to have a more consistent basis than weight for reporting its figures for the industry. Weight alone is not very significant.

“(Weight alone) poorly reflects how full the planes really are.”

In short they cube out before they weigh out.  Packages that go by air are not very dense! This may partially explain why air freight rates are going up while load factors are not very high. So IATA has been misrepresenting capacity utilization of planes.

logo2via IATA to review air cargo load factor calculations after Project Selfie revelations – The Loadstar

Some notes on Project selfie:  Weight loadfactors a poor way of showing utilisation, Project Selfie confirms – The Loadstar

Drones Connect with RFID to Catalog Inventory

A new application from MIT attempts to correct issues of inventory shrinkage ‘in the bins’ as they say.  They use a drone to read the RFID tags on items without sending a human out to scan the bins.

Watch out for flying objects at Home Depot!

  via Drones Connect with RFID to Catalog Inventory

American Airlines glitch leaves 15,000 Christmas flights without a captain

Got this story by way of the Loadstar.

Reading the story I am impressed by the level of incompetence management showed. But in the view of the traveler (customer) the union will be blamed. So more anti-union sentiment will be generated.

In this case it is clearly a management mess-up.  Why shouldn’t the union call them out?  Why should the union go overboard to help management out of the mess? Why should temporary and part time workers get overtime pay for standard hours (for airline crews) in violation of the union contract?

What customers see is a flight that is canceled. If management says “It’s the union’s fault!” it would be lying.  Laying blame on the union is not fair.

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via American Airlines glitch leaves 15,000 Christmas flights without a captain | World news | The Guardian