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.
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.