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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.

A UK startup is encouraging airlines to consider weighing passengers as a way to manage fuel expenditure to cut costs and lower carbon emissions. According to MSN, Fuel Matrix is proposing that airlines weigh individual passengers to calculate flight fuel requirements to reduce fuel wastage.

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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On even smaller aircraft weighing to Datum point is even more critical. I think my pilot was around 180, I was 120 that makes 300 and the suitcase about 70 more in the small cubby behind the seat and behind the wings which created a issue with the Cessna 152 in those days. She took it ok, but stall

However, passenger resistance and the logistics of weighing hundreds of people has made it impossible to implement. However, Nick Brasier, COO of a Berkshire startup called Fuel Matrix, says he has come up with a plan to weigh passengers discreetly

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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What the airlines will do, is to ensure that an aircraft whose passengers are heavier than expected will take less of a fuel load if it’s possible to do so safely (to I would support weighing passengers , but not to save on fuel . Weighing passengers is not politically correct but there could be an advantage.

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

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