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Horizon® Weight & Balance

Industry-leading tool for load planning and distribution


Fuel costs account for more than 27% of an airline’s operating expenses. And with net profits totaling just 4.6% of revenues, even a small decrease in fuel consumption can have a big impact on the bottom line.

Horizon® Weight and Balance increases fuel savings by providing full load planning capabilities, including a graphical user interface (GUI) framework, for all the functionalities required to load and dispatch an aircraft, plus all legally required documentation for both airlines and ground handlers.

It seamlessly combines aircraft and flight technical data with variable information on payload, allowing an aircraft’s weight and center of gravity to change with fuel consumption. With its close integration with check-in systems, Horizon Weight and Balance enables aircraft to fly more efficiently and cost-effectively than ever before – without compromising safety.

Horizon Weight and Balance supports all IATA standards, following recommended practices that govern the acceptance of operational data by load control systems to provide automated and optimized load distribution for any aircraft type.

Weight & Balance Use cases
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How it helps

Horizon® Weight and Balance utilizes a combination of aircraft technical data, messaging and information on passengers, baggage, fuel and cargo to define and optimize the operating parameters for each flight.

Incorrect loading can cause:

Optimizing aircraft balance achieves:
  • Higher takeoff speed, resulting in longer takeoff run
  • Reduced rate and angle of climb
  • Lowered service ceiling
  • Reduced cruising speed
  • Shortened cruising range
  • Longer landing roll
  • Excessive loads imposed on structure of aircraft
  • Reduced fuel burn up to 1%
  • Improved safety through better takeoff and landing performance
  • Reduced environmental impact
  • Decreases wear and tear on aircraft structure, extending asset longevity
  • Safer control and maneuverability

Key features

  • Full GUI functionality
  • Business rule automation
  • Online help screens
  • Service-oriented architecture (SOA) on open systems platform
  • Cost Manager Application (CMAP) option shows load control agents the optimum trim required to save fuel


  • Lowered fuel costs
  • Higher safety – warning messages and refusal to print load-sheet if aircraft is out of trim
  • Increased agent productivity – rapid dispatch of flights minimizes flight delays
  • Reduced training time
  • Better reporting – backed by business intelligence

Why us?

Only Horizon® Weight and Balance provides full load-planning and utilizes GUIs for all inputs and functionality. Centralized load control enables load planning of multiple flights and points of departure from a central or remote location. This allows load control agents to manage multiple airlines, flights, and departure airports simultaneously.

Automatic flight event warnings ensure load controllers complete all necessary inputs and transactions before flight dispatch.

Horizon Weight and Balance’s drag-and-drop functionality optimizes dead-load management. It allows for user-defined business rules for operational requirements.

Horizon Weight and Balance’s CMAP option is unique in the industry. No other system provider has similar functionality to provide load control agents with indicators to show the ideal trim zone and display US dollar amounts if the load plan is not in the ideal zone.

Training is available for this product through SITA University.

SITA Global Services

Horizon Weight and Balance is supported by SITA Global Services (SGS), which provides you with global business continuity through a flexible service model. Our monitoring service ensures your IT systems are reliable and available, around the clock, around the world.

Our experts proactively monitor your infrastructure, identifying and resolving problems often before they impact your services.

Weight & Balance Use cases
pdf - 208 kb

Weight & Balance

SITA's Weight & Balance has all the functionality needed by airlines and ground handlers to safely load and dispatch an aircraft.
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Use cases

Weight & Balance

pdf - 208 kb
Improve the productivity of your agents with SITA's load planning tool that provides a graphical user interface (GUI) to safely load and dispatch aircraft, shows optimum trim to save fuel, and incorporates all legally required documentation.

Less burn less cost

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Even a small decrease in fuel usage can have a big impact on the bottom line.

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