COMMERCIAL SUPERSONIC TRANSPORT PROGRAM. PHASE II-A. COMPREHENSIVE REPORT. VOLUME XIII-A. ECONOMICS.
BOEING CO RENTON WA AIRPLANE DIV
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The Boeing supersonic transport has achieved the objective of commercial profitability. Improved technology levels, optimization of size, speed, and range have produced an airplane with economics equal to or better than the 707-320B. Passenger preference for the reduced trip times and improved scheduling will make the Boeing supersonic transport an even more appealing investment for the airlines. This document presents the economic analysis on which these conclusions are based. The analyses conducted for the Phase I study demonstrated the overall operational feasibility of the Boeing variable sweep supersonic transport. However, break even load factors and direct operating costs were somewhat higher than the current subsonic jets. The major goal of Phase II-A was to improve the economics of the airplane. The Boeing supersonic transport achieves this goal. Its seat mile costs and break-even load factors are below those of the 707-320B at all operational ranges above approximately 1400 miles. The return on investment shows the profit potential of the airplane to be comparable to the 707-320B at the ranges specified in the FAA model.
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