The International Air Cargo Association (TIACA) is joining CLIVE Data Services (CLIVE), an air cargo data company, in a call for the air cargo industry to adopt the dynamic load factor methodology as the industry standard for measuring the utilization of air cargo capacity.
Introduced in 2019 by CLIVE, the dynamic load factor methodology measures how full an aircraft is by considering both freight volume and weight. CLIVE and TIACA consider this as a major improvement compared to the traditional weight-based load factors which are misleading and paint an unnecessarily negative image of the airfreight industry. The reason is that, in most of the cases, the space in an aircraft runs out before reaching its maximum weight capacity. It is due to aircraft’s higher capacity density (calculated as available kg per cubic meter) than the average density of the goods moved by air.