FJWH
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Cheapest Plane To Fly

Fri Aug 20, 2004 5:14 am

At the moment planes are getting more advanced, safer etc! Great for everybody of course but what is at the moment the CHEAPEST plane to fly? With that I mean, low fuel costs, "friendly" maintenance and other things to keep the costs down.

consequence?: Like for example: (I believe that) The 777 is more efficient with fuel etc than a Boeing 747 so that's why more often a 777 is being used on long haul flights than a 747. Can somebody give more of these examples?

BTW: What about the A380? Is it efficient with fuel and other things to keep the costs down? Or don't we know this yet for sure ?

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DfwRevolution
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RE: Cheapest Plane To Fly

Fri Aug 20, 2004 5:26 am

There are several measurs of financial efficency.

One, trip cost, is how much money it takes to move an aircraft from point A to point B. This includes fuel, pilot pay, a typical airport fee/tax, and a typical aircraft lease. Smaller aircraft always have lower trip cost much the same way a Honda Civic cost less to drive than a transit bus.

The other is seat/mile cost. This is a measure of how much it cost to move a single passenger one mile aboard the aircraft. In other words, devide the cost of flying the aircraft a mile by all the seats. A Honda Civic might cost 2$ to move one mile, and dividing by 5 seats, it has a seat/mile cost of 40 cents. The transit bus might cost $10 to move a mile, but with 40 seats, it has a seat/mile cost of 25 cents.

It is much the same way in the aviation world, a CRJ has lower trip cost than an A380, but the A380 probably has a lower seat/mile cost
 
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RE: Cheapest Plane To Fly

Fri Aug 20, 2004 5:32 am

consequence?: Like for example: (I believe that) The 777 is more efficient with fuel etc than a Boeing 747 so that's why more often a 777 is being used on long haul flights than a 747. Can somebody give more of these examples?

Again, the 777 definitly has a lower trip cost than the 747, and it might possibly have lower seat/mile cost. The reason it is being used on more and more longhauls is because it is more tailored in terms of size and range to what airlines need than the 744 is. The 777 is also easier to fill than a 747 which means lower risk for airlines.

BTW: What about the A380? Is it efficient with fuel and other things to keep the costs down? Or don't we know this yet for sure ?

Airbus has obviously made a strong enough case to airlines for them to order the A380, but no one is 100% sure until it has been in service. The A380's huge capacity should give it very very low seat/mile cost, but if the seats can't be filled, you are s.o.l
 
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RE: Cheapest Plane To Fly

Fri Aug 20, 2004 6:04 am

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