load factor


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 company’s total capacity stood just 28% below 2019 levels and the consolidated load factor was 76% in the third quarter. Trefis Team, Forbes, 19 Jan. 2022 Singapore’s government has initiated vaccinated travel corridors with dozens of countries, helping the carrier’s group load factor rise to 46.5% in December from 13.7% the previous year. Harry Suhartono, Bloomberg.com, 12 Feb. 2022 Its most recent monthly report shows a load factor, or capacity measurement, of 58.3% in November, a drop from 67.7% in October, which the company attributed to a new rise in COVID-19 cases in Iceland and European markets. Lorraine Mirabella, baltimoresun.com, 16 Dec. 2021 Per quarterly filings, JetBlue Airways (NASDAQ: JBLU) had guided its Q3 2021 revenues to be 9% lower than observed in Q3 2019 with a significant improvement in load factor. Trefis Team, Forbes, 8 Oct. 2021 In 2020, Southwest Airlines implemented 34% (y-o-y) capacity reduction and achieved a load factor of 52%. Trefis Team, Forbes, 28 May 2021 Flights are becoming more full, Sun Country said, with its passenger load factor reaching 77%, the highest since late 2019. Evan Ramstad, Star Tribune, 29 July 2021 In 2020, the company’s revenues fell by 60% (y-o-y) as the capacity (ASMs) dropped by 51% and the passenger load factor plummeted to 55%. Trefis Team, Forbes, 29 June 2021 That's not far from the US domestic load factor of 85% achieved in 2019, which was the busiest US air travel year in history, according to the US Bureau of Transportation Statistics. CNN, 24 June 2021 See More

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First Known Use of load factor

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 21 May. 2022.

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