It appears that people are obsessed with measuring airlines. From the quality of service, the number of destinations served, on-time performance, passengers carried, load factors and just occasionally profitability, there are many interesting data points (many of which can be answered by OAG data). However, we rarely measure, or even note, one of the largest data points in the whole aviation industry – Available Seat Kilometres (ASKs). And even more rarely, ASKs by specific aircraft type; well until now!
Big Crunchy ASK Data
Within the airline industry ASKs are a key production measurement. However, airline analysts prefer to measure both RPKs (Revenue Passenger Kilometres) and CASK (Cost per Available Seat Kilometre). Understand all three “Ks” and you’re halfway to evaluating how an airline is performing, and of course years of insights!
ASKs can be complex – two airlines flying the same route with the same aircraft type can generate two very different sets of ASKs as the table…