Lighter seats is equal to more cargo

In a bid to save costs on fuel an­nu­ally and sup­ple­ment the cargo car­ry­ing ca­pac­ity, IndiGo placed or­der for lighter air­craft seats, which would en­able re­duc­tion in the op­er­at­ing ex­pen­di­ture of the air­line and also strengthen seat fac­tors.

Cargo Talk - - AVIATION -

IndiGo is learned to have opted for lighter air­craft seats in a move that will al­low it to fly more freight and cut an­nual fuel costs by ` 40 crore.

The op­er­at­ing empty weight (OEW) of ev­ery air­craft will come down by about 700 kg as the car­rier is go­ing in for thin­ner and lighter seats called Sicma Drag­on­fly. It is un­der­stood that 70 air­crafts from IndiGo’s fleet have al­ready been retro­fit­ted with the SICMA seats.

IndiGo pre­vi­ously used ‘We­ber 5600 seats’. In­dus­try watch­ers say that all fu­ture air­craft pro­cured by the bud­get air­line will be pre-fit­ted with SICMA seats. An­a­lysts say that shav­ing off 700 kg from the OEW may help save around ` 30-40 crore of fuel cost an­nu­ally.

“The big­ger ben­e­fit is en­hance­ment of belly cargo car­ry­ing ca­pac­ity, which is a per­pet­ual rev­enue source,” said Am­ber Dubey, Part­ner and In­dia Head of Aero­space and De­fence, KPMG. “Lower seat weight also re­duces the trans- por­ta­tion and han­dling cost for seat re­place­ments,” Dubey added. IndiGo could gen­er­ate at least ` 200 crore of ad­di­tional an­nual rev­enue by en­hanc­ing cargo ca­pac­ity.

Avi­a­tion tur­bine fuel (ATF) ac­counts for the lion’s share of an air­line’s op­er­at­ing ex­pen­di­ture, while cargo is a money spin­ner.

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