Understanding Aviation Industry Jargon

Aviation business is riddled with gobbledygook such as code-sharing and business aviation to name a few.


What is passenger seat factor (PSF)? Does a high PSF suggest better performance?

The passenger seat factor is a percentage measure of seat occupancy on a flight. However, in itself, a high PSF does not mean that the airline is making money. The flights could be having high occupancy because of the low fares offered.

What is code-sharing? Why do airlines enter into such arrangements?

Each airline is identified by a code assigned to it. Code-sharing is a marketing alliance between two carriers. Under such an arrangement, an airline can sell seats in its own name on sectors it does not have operations by booking tickets on the flight operated by the airline with which it has a code-sharing pact.

For example, if a person intending to fly to Berlin has gone to Air India’s website then he or she would find a flight even if the national carrier does not operate to the German capital. The passenger would locate a Lufthansa flight on Air India’s website as the two have a code-share agreement. Without the arrangement, airlines would lose traffic to bigger rivals. Such an arrangement is extremely beneficial for smaller airlines.



Bibliography : NIOS – The Economic Times

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