Last week, Air New Zealand said it would consider passengers before departure. Now, it is joined by Hawaii-based Havian, which according to US media reports, will also weigh its passengers, as part of a sample that will allow the company to estimate the total weight of the aircraft during flight.
According to the RNZ website, the Hawaiian airline will only weigh on certain routes, and it will be limited to a limited number of passengers who agree in advance.
Air New Zealand plane, the company has already announced that it will take the step in question, photo: Moshe Shai
Chief Executive Alex da Silva said the survey was coordinated with U.S. authorities, "The process is being carried out to keep our data up to date." Weighing, as stated, will be subject to the consent of the passengers and will not be mandatory.
Industry sources now believe that other companies around the world will conduct similar surveys and would be interested in considering their passengers.
The purpose of the weighing is to get a more accurate idea of the weight carried by the aircraft, the total weight of passengers and cargo, and thus optimal operation of the aircraft in terms of fuel consumption, safety and seat distribution.
Air New Zealand, the first airline to announce such a move, was recently voted the world's best airline by Airline Ratings, and the Wayan also earned an honorable place in the magazine's list of the world's best airlines.
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