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TravelAirlines Reportedly Consider Weighing Passengers to Conserve Fuel

17:50  06 september  2019
17:50  06 september  2019 Source:   travelpulse.com

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The company proposing the weighing system, Fuel Matrix, said airlines burn between 0.3 and 0.5 percent more fuel due to the Fuel Matrix officials said the company is in negotiations with “several long-haul airlines ” in the United Kingdom about the possible implementation of the weighing system.

COST-CUTTING airlines could be weighing passengers before they board flights in the future. By using data gathered of the passengers ' weight , an But this method means airlines often use more fuel than they need to, according to Fuel Matrix, the company behind the proposed weighing system.

A new report claims airlines could be considering the idea of weighing passengers before they board flights to better estimate how much fuel is needed for each specific journey.

Airlines Reportedly Consider Weighing Passengers to Conserve Fuel© AlxeyPnferov/iStock/Getty Images Plus Passengers seated in an aircraft cabin

According to The Sun, European airlines are considering the cost-cutting measure to help save money and lower carbon emissions, as the current method of estimating fuel usage is based on the gender-weight ratio of passengers onboard.

The current process is an inexact science that bases weight estimates on gender, with males counted as 189 pounds, females as 154 pounds and children as 77 pounds. Research shows this method results in more wasted fuel.

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Tech firm in talks with airlines over the use of 'pressure pad' scales at check-in desks Fuel Matrix says it's in talks with UK airlines to start 'discreetly' weighing people The data would be used to calculate exactly how much fuel planes need to fly Berkshire-based company Fuel Matrix is reportedly in talks with long-haul airlines in the UK

Using weight to optimize aircraft fuel also raises questions about whether airlines will try to save money by carrying as little fuel as possible. If passengers were going to be weighed during the security process, airports would need to be retrofitted. But Fuel Matrix hopes to get its fuel calculation

The company proposing the weighing system, Fuel Matrix, said airlines burn between 0.3 and 0.5 percent more fuel due to the extra weight of carrying the unnecessary fuel. By reducing the cost, carriers could save as much as $1.35 billion worldwide.

Fuel Matrix officials said the company is in negotiations with “several long-haul airlines” in the United Kingdom about the possible implementation of the weighing system. The measurements would be taken via discreet pressure pads and would remain confidential.

“Our patented technologies are relevant to both airports and airlines in reducing fuel burn, CO2 emissions and carbon footprints,” Fuel Matrix COO Nick Brasier told The Sun. “Our discussions in the sector continue to progress well, and we’ll be pleased to provide a more detailed update in the coming months.”

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You may soon be asked to step on a scale before boarding a plane but not for the reason you might be thinking. Helsinki-based Finnair is seeking volunteers to be weighed in order to update nearly decade-old data on average passenger weights . They say all the data will be anonymous.

Airlines will not evenly benefit from a reduction in the cost of fuel , often their single largest expense, if market prices drop below hedged values, requiring airlines to pay the hedged amount rather than the cheaper market price.

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