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An Analysis on the Determinants and Ecological Implications of Aircraft Size on Intra-European High Demand Routes

Zander, Florian and Nolte, Peter (2014) An Analysis on the Determinants and Ecological Implications of Aircraft Size on Intra-European High Demand Routes. DLRK 2014, 16.-18. September, Augsburg.

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Abstract

Due to the inclusion of commercial aviation into the European Union’s Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS), a market based measure aimed at reducing anthropogenic climate change, airlines need to find ways to fur-ther reduce their fuel consumption. Using larger aircraft is one means of doing so, as larger aircraft typically are more fuel efficient than smaller ones. However, market forecasts predict the lion’s share of future traffic growth to be accommodated by additional frequencies, as opposed to larger aircraft. This study utilizes highly detailed longitudinal panel data on 85 intra-European routes over the course of ten years to analyze how an airline’s choice of aircraft size, and in turn, its fuel efficiency, is influenced. Findings show that network lay-outs, competition intensity and fuel price all play key roles in aircraft size choices. Crucially, it appears that the EU ETS may pose a greater challenge to Full-Service-Carriers than to their Low-Cost competitors, as nu-merous aspects of their business logic lead to slightly smaller, and in turn, less fuel efficient aircraft.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/90469/
Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
Title:An Analysis on the Determinants and Ecological Implications of Aircraft Size on Intra-European High Demand Routes
Authors:
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthors ORCID iD
Zander, Florianflorian.zander (at) student.maastrichtuniversity.nlUNSPECIFIED
Nolte, Peterpeter.nolte (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Date:September 2014
Refereed publication:No
Open Access:No
Gold Open Access:No
In SCOPUS:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
Status:Published
Keywords:European Trading Scheme (ETS), System Analysis, Aircraft Size, Ecology, Air Transport, Airline
Event Title:DLRK 2014
Event Location:Augsburg
Event Type:national Conference
Event Dates:16.-18. September
Organizer:Deutsche Gesellschaft für Luft- und Raumfahrt e.V.
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Aeronautics
HGF - Program Themes:fixed-wing aircraft
DLR - Research area:Aeronautics
DLR - Program:L AR - Aircraft Research
DLR - Research theme (Project):L - Concepts and Integration
Location: Hamburg
Institutes and Institutions:Air Transport Operations > System Analysis Air Transport
Deposited By: Nolte, Peter
Deposited On:03 Nov 2014 14:41
Last Modified:03 Nov 2014 14:41

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