The carrier announced they would begin seeking volunteers to be weighed with their luggage prior to boarding, starting February 5, 2024.
Data Collection to Optimize Aircraft Balance Calculations
There are several weight calculations airlines and pilots must do to ensure safe aircraft operations. The measurements include aircraft weight, fuel, checked baggage and cargo, catering, and water tanks. The average weight of a passenger – and their carry-on luggage – also factors in.
European authorities require airlines to update their average passenger weight figures every five years. With the last measurements taken across 2017 and 2018, Finnair is looking to update their information with new data.
“While airlines know the weight of all other aspects, the weight of customers and their carry-on baggage is calculated using average weights confirmed by the Civil Aviation Authority,” the airline said in a statement. “The alternative option is for airlines to either use their own measurements and confirmation of their results by the authority, or use standard weights defined by the European Aviation Safety Authority.”
Instead of weighing everyone on the flight, the airline will take volunteers to get weighed with their carry-on luggage in hand. While the airline will collect some anonymous information about the passenger, such as age, gender, and travel class, the weight will not be tied to their booking number or their name.
The collective anonymous data will be sent to the Finnish Transport and Communications Agency between July and September 2024. Once confirmed, the airline will use the data to determine average passenger weight for the five-year period between 2025 and 2030.
“In the previous measurements five years ago, a good number of volunteers wanted to participate in the weighing,” Satu Munnukka, head of ground processes at Finnair, said in a press release. “We hope to have a good sample of volunteers, both business and leisure travelers, also this time, so that we can get the most accurate information possible for important balance calculations.”
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Source: frugal travel guy