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Cost analysis for a future helicopter for passenger transport

Francesco Castelluccio (Dipartimento di Ingegneria Civile, Università degli Studi di Palermo, Palermo, Italy.)
Luigi Maritano (Dipartimento di Ingegneria Civile, Università degli Studi di Palermo, Palermo, Italy.)
Salvatore Amoroso (Dipartimento di Ingegneria Civile, Università degli Studi di Palermo, Palermo, Italy.)
Marco Migliore (Dipartimento di Ingegneria Civile, Università degli Studi di Palermo, Palermo, Italy.)

Aircraft Engineering and Aerospace Technology

ISSN: 0002-2667

Article publication date: 2 March 2015

Abstract

Purpose

This paper aims to identify the parameters that influence the cost competitiveness of helicopter services for scheduled passenger transport on a regional area.

Design/methodology/approach

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.

Findings

The identification of the variation margins in the cost factors that might make an helicopter competitive for scheduled passenger services.

Research limitations/implications

The inability to consider the totality of the helicopters today on the market due to lack of available data on their cost structure.

Practical implications

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.

Social implications

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.

Originality/value

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.

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Citation

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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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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