Six more creative ways airlines save money

In the second part of our money-saving series, Key.Aero details a half dozen more clever tricks carriers deploy to cut costs

  1. Aircraft swap

Flying without passengers is great to lose money, therefore airlines try and avoid this where possible. Aircraft often have to go into the hangar and flying empty to a maintenance base costs incurs substantial costs.

BA A320neo
Photo: Aviation Image Network/Bailey

Not all airports have engineering facilities so operators can use an aircraft based at the site with these capabilities to link with another jet from a location with no facilities to swap down route to remove the empty leg, thus, saving money.

  1. Built-in capabilities

Airport and handling charges form a significant part of an airline’s cost base. Baggage handlers, refuelers, pushback tugs all cost money so if an operator can do one of these things themselves then a saving can be made.

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