load factor

noun

Definition of load factor

: the percentage of available seats paid for and occupied in an aircraft

Examples of load factor in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The airline’s load factor rose to 74.2% in 2019, a record high. Layan Odeh, Bloomberg.com, "Royal Jordanian CEO Pichler Is Said to Have Resigned Last Month," 8 Oct. 2020 Wizz Air also revved up its engines more aggressively, and ended up with a load factor of 60.5%. David Meyer, Fortune, "EasyJet increases flights as passenger demand returns earlier than expected, sending shares skyward," 4 Aug. 2020 American’s load factor, or the average share of seats filled per plane, climbed to 55 percent last week from 15 percent in April. Bloomberg News, BostonGlobe.com, "American Air’s 74% jump in flying signals travel on the mend," 4 June 2020 The company said its load factor, or percentage of seats filled with paying passengers, has been trending toward 50% in recent days after running 67% in the first two weeks of March. Dawn Gilbertson, USA TODAY, "Southwest cutting 'at least' 20% of flights as planes half empty from coronavirus," 16 Mar. 2020 Declining consumer confidence in China could weigh on load factor, a measure of how much capacity is filled with passengers, until the market normalizes, Royal Caribbean said. Dave Sebastian, WSJ, "Royal Caribbean Expects Coronavirus to Weigh on China Sales," 4 Feb. 2020 American pushed its load factor to 84.7% last year. Dallas News, "8 ways the 737 Max is still walloping American and Southwest airlines," 23 Jan. 2020 In a separate video from Sonya Lacore, the company’s vice president of inflight operations, said load factor — the percentage of seats taken on a flight — has dropped below 20% as the pandemic saps the demand out of the travel world. Kyle Arnold, Dallas News, "Southwest Airlines’ planes are less than 20% full because of COVID-19 and leaders say more cuts are coming," 23 Mar. 2020 Unknown, because load factors are but one part of the ticket price equation. Los Angeles Times, "After coronavirus: Your next flight may look like this," 29 Apr. 2020

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1943, in the meaning defined above

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“Load factor.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/load%20factor. Accessed 3 Mar. 2021.

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