The lack of congestion in the airspace and at major airports means flight times are measurably shorter than in 2019. Additionally, delays have been much less frequent, and the average length of a delay has decreased by 11 minutes. Yet, most carriers haven’t adjusted their scheduled block times to match current conditions.
The scheduled block time drives crew planning and compensation, dictates the amount of fuel required for a flight and drives the calculation of the fleet size needed to execute against the schedule. Inflated block times result in inefficiencies such as optimal use of staff, overcompensation of crews, added weight and increased fuel burn and lower utilization rates for active aircraft. Cirium comes with a solution.