Real World Turboprop Market Viability: New Turboprop Markets for Alaska Airlines

Andrew Campbell, Tristan Lall, Jens Weibezahn

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 5th International Conference on Research in Air Transportation (ICRAT)
Place of PublicationUniversity of California, Berkeley
Publication date1 May 2012
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2012
Externally publishedYes

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