Market Potential for Transport Airships in Service to Hong Kong

The airplane carriage of international trade is based on complex supply chains and keen competition between hub-and-spoke transport operations. Air transport has developed steadily over the past 70 years into a mature industry. It could now be subject to disruption as technological advances that are leading to the development of transport airships. The emergence of transport airships has the potential to create a significant expansion of the trans-oceanic air freight markets, increase geographical coverage and alter world trade patterns.This paper explores the current state of the Hong Kong airfreight industry and examines how transport airships could influence the future of Hong Kong aviation services. A new conceptual model, the value-density cargo pyramid, is developed to conduct comparative analysis among dedicated cargo airplanes, sea-air logistics, sea containers and transport airships, notably in the busy trade corridors between Hong Kong and Europe, as well as, Hong Kong and North America. Based on reasonable assumptions, transport airships could capture up to a half of the existing "dedicated cargo aircraft" capacity. The race is on to create this new transportation mode and the first-movers will have an advantage. This paper provides valuable insights on an immense opportunity that awaits Asian shippers and could take Hong Kong and all of Asia to a new higher level of development and economic prosperity.


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  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: pp 1-11
  • Monograph Title: Proceedings of the International Forum on Shipping, Ports and Airports (IFSPA) 2015: Empowering Excellence in Maritime and Air Logistics: Innovation Management and Technology

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  • Accession Number: 01609628
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 9789623677967
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 5 2016 4:22PM