Overloaded! Crowded airline cabins reach new heights

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  1. sobore
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    Time and again, we've seen that good news for airline CEOs is often not necessarily good news for passengers. Consider the headline of this press release from the industry trade group Airlines for America in March: "U.S. Airlines Achieve 83% Passenger Load Factor, Highest Level Since 1945." A4A called this "efficient utilization of seating capacity" and boasted that more passengers are being boarded on fewer flights.

    Airline execs used to speak of achieving "break-even" load factors, i.e., carrying more paying passengers than it costs to operate the flight. Today, however, it's not about breaking even, it's about cramming as many of us as possible into those cabins. And with the busy summer season officially upon us, get ready for what may be the ultimate squeeze.

    Read More: http://www.usatoday.com/story/trave...ded-airline-cabins-reach-new-heights/2389291/
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  2. milchap
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    And yet a report claimed that airlines are only earning $4 per pax.......
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