LOW FARE AIRLINE OPTIMIZED AIRCRAFT
Students: K.T.P. van Bennekom, M. Bouchareb, R.P. van Drooge, J. Eijmers, T. Ghobar, J.T.J.E. Lemmens, G. Penin, J.N. Vlastuin, C.J.C. Wever
Project tutor: dr.ir. R. Slingerland
Coaches: ir. H.J.K. Lemmen, dr. A.A. Ghobbar
The increasing growth of the low cost airline business model around the world comes along with new challenges for aircraft designers. It is crucial for the low cost airlines to have the least possible costs, which is usually achieved at the expense of the passenger services and comfort. A large portion of the cost reduction comes from the operations strategy of the airline, however only if the aircraft itself allows for those specific operational procedures. A B747 simply does not allow for a 20 minute turnaround time regardless of how much it might save in operational cost.
The goal of this project is to design a new aircraft, the A2007, that allows for a 15% reduction in Direct Operating Costs (DOC) of the airline and a 20% reduction in turnaround time compared to its closest competitors, namely the A320 and B737. The A2007 will be developed in a standard range version (1800 nm) as well as an extended range version (3000 nm) and is intended to enter service in 2015.
The paper of this project is available as a PDF-document here.