load factor


Definition of load factor 

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

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During those three years, the average U.S. airline passenger load factor was between 60.3% and 62.4%; in 2017 the average load was 83.5% (and 84.6% domestically). Bill Mcgee, USA TODAY, "Is it time to update airplane evacuation tests?," 28 Mar. 2018 Emirates’ load factor, a measure of seats sold per plane, is roughly 78%, compared with the industry average of more than 80%. Nicolas Parasie, WSJ, "Chateau Margaux for Seat 2A: Emirates Rewrites Rules for Airlines," 12 July 2018 The average load factor was 81.4% worldwide, a record that represented a 0.9-point gain from the previous year, according to the International Air Transport Association (IATA), a trade group representing 280 airlines. Bart Jansen, USA TODAY, "Airlines set record filling seats on planes in 2017," 1 Feb. 2018 Spirit's load factor, the percentage of seats filled on an average flight, at Akron-Canton was 77.3 percent in 2017, according to U.S. Department of Transportation figures. Susan Glaser, cleveland.com, "Spirit Airlines cutting routes at Akron-Canton Airport; only Orlando remains," 29 Mar. 2018 International flights grew slightly more full, averaging an 80.6 load factor up from 80.5 in 2016. Bart Jansen, USA TODAY, "A record 965 million people flew last year, DOT says," 22 Mar. 2018 But if that feels crowded, the load factor in India weighed in at 89.3%, according to IATA. Bart Jansen, USA TODAY, "Airlines set record filling seats on planes in 2017," 1 Feb. 2018 In October, the reason for the increase was because of a 90 percent load factor — most flights were full, the release said. Gabrielle Russon, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Orlando International Airport hits 44 million passengers," 19 Dec. 2017 Of course, the catch is still that actual output will almost always be well short of that 1,386 MW, in contrast to a nuclear power station which, once turned on, will run almost constantly at high load factors for decades. Geoffrey Smith, Fortune, "Accenture CEO: Who Have You Helped Today?," 11 Sep. 2017

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1943, in the meaning defined above

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