Finnair launches passenger weighing program for aircraft balance

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Finnair, Finland’s leading airline, has initiated a unique program involving voluntary passenger weighing at Helsinki airport to enhance aircraft balance calculations. This three-month-long endeavor encompasses passengers and their checked-in luggage, with the airline emphasizing that participation is optional, anonymous, and the gathered data will be solely used for optimizing Finnair’s aircraft balance calculations.

The primary objective of this program is to ensure the safe take-off of Finnair’s aircraft. Each plane has a maximum weight limit that includes the aircraft’s weight itself, fuel, onboard catering, water tanks, checked baggage, cargo, and, significantly, the combined weight of passengers and their carry-on items. This maximum weight is crucial for maintaining the safety and efficiency of the aircraft during take-off.

Finnair’s weighing process is designed to be discreet and secure. Passenger names or booking numbers are not required, and only the customer service agent at the measuring point can view the total weight. This approach is aimed at encouraging passengers to participate in the study without any concerns about privacy.

After the three-month data collection period, Finnair plans to calculate the average weight based on the gathered information. This average weight will then be utilized in the airline’s aircraft balance and loading calculations from 2025 to 2030. The Finnish Transport and Communications Agency will verify and check the calculated average weight.

Finnair clarified that alternative methods for determining passenger and baggage weights include airlines using their measurements confirmed by aviation authorities or adopting standard weights defined by the European Aviation Safety Authority (EASA).

This initiative aligns with Finnair’s commitment to updating and optimizing its operational data, ensuring a balance that adheres to safety standards and regulations. The voluntary nature of the program underscores the airline’s respect for passenger privacy while aiming for enhanced operational efficiency in the coming years.

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