A nondimensional economic examination of a parametrically-derived set of supersonic transport aircraft was conducted. The measure of economic value was surcharged relative to subsonic airplane tourist-class yield. Ten airplanes were defined according to size, payload, and speed. The price, range capability, fuel burned, and block time were determined for each configuration, then operating costs and surcharges were calculated. The parameter with the most noticeable influence on nominal surcharge was found to be real (constant dollars) fuel price increase. A change in SST design Mach number from 2.4 to Mach 2.7 showed a very small surcharge advantage (on the order of 1 percent for the faster aircraft). Configuration design compromises required for an airplane to operate overland at supersonic speeds without causing sonic boom annoyance result in severe performance penalties and require high (more than 100 percent) surcharges.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Boeing Commercial Airplane Company

    P.O. Box 3707
    Seattle, WA  United States  98124
  • Publication Date: 1979-11

Media Info

  • Pagination: 61 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00312834
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: NASA-CR-159126 Final Rpt., D6-48725
  • Contract Numbers: NAS1-14623
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 7 1980 12:00AM