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Estimating the Economic Viability of Advanced Air Mobility Use Cases: Towards the Slope of Enlightenment

Pertz, Jan and Niklaß, Malte and Swaid, Majed and Gollnick, Volker and Kopera, Sven and Schunck, Kolin and Baur, Stephan (2023) Estimating the Economic Viability of Advanced Air Mobility Use Cases: Towards the Slope of Enlightenment. Drones. Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute (MDPI). doi: 10.3390/drones7020075. ISSN 2504-446X.

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Official URL: https://www.mdpi.com/2504-446X/7/2/75


While different vehicle configurations enter the AAM market, airlines declare different ticket fares for their operations. This research investigates the operating cost of an airline and the economic viability with the announced fare per km rates. For this purpose, three use cases in the metropolitan area of Hamburg showcase representative applications of an AAM system, whereby a flight trajectory model calculates a flight time in each case. The direct operating cost are investigated for each use case individually and are sub-classified in five categories: fee, crew, maintenance, fuel and capital costs. Here, each use case has its own cost characteristics, in which different cost elements dominate. Additionally, a sensitivity analysis shows the effect of a variation of the flight cycles and load factor, that influences the costs as well as the airline business itself. Based on the occurring cost, a profit margin per available seat kilometer lead to a necessary fare per km, that an airline has to charge.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/193467/
Document Type:Article
Title:Estimating the Economic Viability of Advanced Air Mobility Use Cases: Towards the Slope of Enlightenment
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iDORCID Put Code
Pertz, JanUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0001-7638-5347UNSPECIFIED
Niklaß, MalteUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0001-6760-8561UNSPECIFIED
Swaid, MajedUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-3017-4680UNSPECIFIED
Gollnick, VolkerUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0001-7214-0828UNSPECIFIED
Date:20 January 2023
Journal or Publication Title:Drones
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:Yes
Gold Open Access:Yes
In ISI Web of Science:Yes
Publisher:Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute (MDPI)
Keywords:urban air mobility; advanced air mobility; cost modeling; direct operating cost; profit margin; ticket price; intra-city; airport shuttle; regional mobility
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Aeronautics
HGF - Program Themes:Air Transportation and Impact
DLR - Research area:Aeronautics
DLR - Program:L AI - Air Transportation and Impact
DLR - Research theme (Project):L - Air Transport Operations and Impact Assessment
Location: Hamburg
Institutes and Institutions:Air Transport Operations
Deposited By: Pertz, Jan
Deposited On:09 Feb 2023 08:41
Last Modified:13 Feb 2023 09:13

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