The viability of turboprops in real world markets is explored. Technical and regulatory constraints are described. Using a logit choice model, a method is developed for estimating the impact to an airline’s market share of switching from jets to turboprops along a single route. A case study on Alaska Airlines reveals that as fuel costs increase so does the attractiveness of the turboprop. The turboprop market shares of business and leisure travelers have opposite reactions to trip distance. These results indicate that besides fuel price and distance, an airline's target traveler type strongly impacts the viability of the turboprop option.
|Title of host publication||Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on Research in Air Transportation (ICRAT)|
|Place of Publication||University of California, Berkeley|
|Publication date||1 May 2012|
|Publication status||Published - 1 May 2012|