an unprecedented situation will begin to arise in air new zealandAs the airline of the sea country will start weighing its passengers before boarding their flights.
The weighting will be voluntary, the airline said in a press release, and will allow Air New Zealand to make better fuel efficiency decisions based on the findings. Historically, airlines have applied maximum weight allowances for checked and carry-on baggage and taken into account the number of passengers, food and beverages on board, and the fuel required to reach the destination.
Air New Zealand says it hopes to weigh 10,000 passengers to help pilots better understand the weight and balance of aircraft before takeoff.
“It’s a regulatory requirement for us to know the weight of everything that goes on a plane, and there’s good reason for that,” said Alastair James, the airline’s cargo control improvement specialist. He added that knowing the total weight of planes in flight is “essential to the safe and efficient operation of aircraft.”
The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) requires airlines to estimate the weight of passengers with one of two options. The first option is to weigh passengers, as Air New Zealand is doing, or accept the standard weight set by the CAA, which is 190 pounds (86 kg) for those aged 13 and over.
Air New Zealand’s survey will begin this week and run until July 2, and Alastair James, the airline’s cargo control reform specialist, said in the press release: “We know stepping on the scale can be difficult. We want to reassure our customers that No screen is visible anywhere. No one can see your weight, not even us! It’s completely anonymous.” He added: “Despite this, it will help us to fly safely and efficiently at all times.”
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