load factor


Definition of load factor

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

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Recent Examples on the Web 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 Electra says its aircraft will also have a higher load factor for cargo and passengers than most eVTOL aircraft. Michael Verdon, Robb Report, 17 June 2021 Whereas, Delta Air Lines reported 51% (y-o-y) capacity reduction with a load factor of 55% – largely due to Delta’s higher international presence. Trefis Team, Forbes, 28 May 2021 For the full 2020 calendar year, Turkish Airlines flew 28 million passengers, with an impressive load factor of 71%. Debbi Kickham, Forbes, 21 Apr. 2021 The airline’s load factor rose to 74.2% in 2019, a record high. Layan Odeh, Bloomberg.com, 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, 4 Aug. 2020

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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 23 Sep. 2021.

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