Why Do Airlines Outsource Load Control?

Airlines have a difficult mission – to provide safe, convenient transportation at a lower cost than their competitors. Effective management of safety and cost is made much easier with fast, accurate load control calculations.

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There are so many variables involved with loading an airplane!

The number of passengers and crew, the nature of the cargo, the distance to be traveled (fuel requirements) and the configuration of the airplane impact load weights.

Perhaps the most interesting aspect is that takeoff weight will always be different from the landing weight, as the aircraft load changes in flight as fuel is expended!

The accuracy of the data is critical to the safety of everyone onboard.  Small differences in load control can also have a significant impact the efficiency and profitability of an operation.

There are three reasons airlines outsource this critical task:

Because load control is a complex data management task.

Airline load control is a very complex set of calculations with a large number of variables and considerations.

And an aircraft weight is not a single calculation that the aircrew can simply perform once and move on.

As an aircraft goes through the process of being loaded for a flight, some of these critical weights are calculated and change during the flight, and with each stop.  They are then recalculated prior to the next departure.

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Diagram source – Aviation Knowledge.wikidot.com

There is a significant amount of work that goes into calculating and reporting each of these weights.  And this information needs to be presented clearly for the airline to make educated decisions.

Because load control can be done just as safely as it can be performed in-house.

Load control calculation and reporting requires seamless and fast communication and information transfer so that decisions can be made quickly.

Modern software and security make it just as safe to manage flight data off-site as it is at headquarters.  Global Virtuoso’s state of the art electrical and communication systems operate with multiple redundancies.

Using an ISO 27001:2013 certified provider such as Global Virtuoso ensures that data and information is handled using technology and human systems, such as paper storage, safely and appropriately for each stage of each task.

Any change to the environment or to processes and procedures requires a thorough risk assessment to ensure that flight planning activities are not disrupted.   In many cases, these backups and safeguards to ensure uninterrupted communications and secure data management exceed measures taken internally by airlines.

Because it’s timely and cost-effective.

Global Virtuoso is a specialized outsourced knowledge process provider that has expertise in calculating and providing this information quickly, to unburden the airline of  significant overhead.

Since Global Virtuoso has trained professionals ready to perform load control tasks, they can adjust to seasonal demands more flexibly (and therefore, less expensively) than airlines who must hire, train, and maintain these experts on staff.

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If your airline could use some assistance with any of these tasks, schedule an appointment today to speak with one of our airline business process outsourcing specialists.

  • Flight Planning
  • Load Control
  • Flight Data Analysis
  • Workforce Planning
  • Roster Management
  • Baggage Tracing
  • Baggage Claims Management
  • Disruption Management
  • Passenger Accommodations
  • Ground Transportation
  • Meal Vouchers
  • Level II Support for Airline Check-In Counter Agents
  • Level II Support for Airline Reservation Agents
  • Reservation Call Center – Telephone

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