This paper aims to identify the parameters that influence the cost competitiveness of helicopter services for scheduled passenger transport on a regional area.
The approach used is based on an analysis of demand and on a bi-level model (modal split model – service supply optimization model) optimization. Performance optimization in the supply of helicopter transport services is obtained by a sensitivity analysis on the recognized cost factors.
The identification of the variation margins in the cost factors that might make an helicopter competitive for scheduled passenger services.
The inability to consider the totality of the helicopters today on the market due to lack of available data on their cost structure.
It is represented by the opportunity of the spread of the helicopter through the strengthening of the competitive position in relation to other transport modes for passenger transport services.
It is represented by the ability to provide air transport services less expensive on the routes that connect the mainland with small islands, especially during the months when the sea conditions do not allow the naval connection causing the insulation phenomenon.
Today, there is a lack of papers dealing with the issue of the performance of the helicopters from the point of view of the transport planner, considering what should be the characteristics of the aircraft to ensure performance to consistent designed services.
Castelluccio, F., Maritano, L., Amoroso, S. and Migliore, M. (2015), "Cost analysis for a future helicopter for passenger transport", Aircraft Engineering and Aerospace Technology, Vol. 87 No. 2, pp. 139-146. https://doi.org/10.1108/AEAT-12-2013-0240
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