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Title: Using an operating cost model to analyse the selection of aircraft type on short-haul routes
Authors: Ssamula, B
Del Mistro, R
Visser, AT
Keywords: Aircraft type
Route operating costs
Service frequency
Passenger demand
Issue Date: Aug-2006
Publisher: South African Institution of Civil Engineering
Citation: Ssamula, B, Del Mistro, R and Visser, AT. 2006. Using an operating cost model to analyse the selection of aircraft type on short-haul routes. Journal of the South African Institution of Civil Engineering, Vol. 48 (2), pp 2-9
Abstract: The airline industry is characterized by several challenging factors that include high capital costs, high operating costs and low profit margins. For the African situation, modernisation of fleets has been forced on the airlines by the stricter noise and security regulations. Even though governments have resorted to privatization, there are few investors interested in airlines, charging high airfares but continually operating at a loss. The aim of this paper is to apply a recently developed operating cost model to analyse suitable aircraft choices, for short haul routes, in terms of cost-related parameters, for aircraft commonly used within Africa. In this paper all the parameters that are crucial in analysing a transport service are addressed and the effect of passenger volume analysed. The model was applied to a specific route within Africa, and thereafter varying passenger numbers, to choose the least costly aircraft. The results showed that smaller capacity aircraft, even though limited by maximum range, are the most economical to run along routes even when the frequency of flights is high.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10204/1152
ISSN: 1021-2019
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