Global Aviator|June 2020
Freighter aircraft are under normal circumstances heavier to operate than passenger ones. A full passenger load is not necessarily going to get the aircraft to it’s maximum take off weight, whereas a freighter often will. In fact on most shorter legs we are landing weight limited and as such, we have FLEX routes depending on the leg distance.
This caught me out last month on a simple short hop from Singapore to Bangkok which traditionally has lighter loads. I’m not sure how much manufacturing takes place in the island nation, l’m led to believe its more banking and finance than anything else. Generally we take a lot in and come out on a shoestring.
Since the advent of the virus our aircraft have been burgeoned with payload, one crew reporting a 300 000lbs weight and balance or 150 tonnes. This is indeed heavy and while the Jumbo is a great aircraft to fly when loaded, she does require some attention in regard energy management.
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