THE FUTURE OF AIR TRANSPORTATION TECHNICAL OVERVIEW

The air transportation system, it is noted, is a continually growing system. The fact that world revenue passenger miles are expected to double in the next ten years and rise by a more than equivalent amount in the ten years beyond, are good indications of this trend. The system continues to require airplanes of all sizes and most large airlines will continue to have a mixture of small, medium, and large aircraft. To offer the public adequate service, there will be additional point-to-point service, more time-of-day departures, and new destinations. In this overview, the economics involved in air transportation are presented as well as the relationship of technical trades associated with those economics. An overview is then presented of the status of technology leading to the definition of a technology package that can be incorporated in airplanes for delivery in the early 1980's. The replacement requirement for U.S. airline jet transports, when combined with growth, represents a market through 1985 of about $53 billion in 1977 dollars. The situation affords an opportunity for technological infusion which will reduce energy consumption per unit of transportation, will decrease community noise, and will aid in restoring airline financial health, assuming that capital formation requirements can be met.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Present at the AIAA Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C. January 10, 1977.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Boeing Company

    P.O. Box 3707, Boeing Corporate Product Evaluation
    Seattle, WA  USA  98124
  • Authors:
    • Steiner, J E
  • Publication Date: 1977

Media Info

  • Features: Figures;
  • Pagination: 11 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00173863
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 14 1978 12:00AM