Downsizing the jet: a forecast of economic effects of increased automation in aviation

Zakharenko, R. and Luttmann, A. (2023) Downsizing the jet: a forecast of economic effects of increased automation in aviation. Transportation Research Part B: Methodological, 170, pp. 25-47. (doi: 10.1016/j.trb.2023.02.001)

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We develop a theory of optimal aircraft size, where the cost of the flight crew is the primary factor driving the use of larger aircraft, while passenger utility is primary factor driving the use of smaller aircraft. After fitting our model to U.S. data, we perform a counterfactual experiment where the minimum crew size requirement is relaxed from two pilots to one, a policy currently being discussed by aviation experts. Implications are derived for the number of aircraft demanded and its size distribution, demand for pilots, passenger traffic, flight frequency, and where new nonstop service may be introduced.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Zakharenko, Dr Roman
Authors: Zakharenko, R., and Luttmann, A.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > Adam Smith Business School > Economics
Journal Name:Transportation Research Part B: Methodological
ISSN (Online):1879-2367
Published Online:16 February 2023
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2023 Elsevier Ltd.
First Published:First published in Transportation Research Part B: Methodological 170: 25-47
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the publisher copyright policy

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