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Author Topic: Jet Speed vs. Prop Frequency  (Read 649 times)

Offline Andre090904

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Jet Speed vs. Prop Frequency
« on: March 28, 2016, 11:07:23 PM »
Hi all,

Simple question. Let's say there is a route with a 300 demand. Player A flies 3x daily a 100-seat jet airplane. Player B flies 6x daily a 50-seat prop airplane. The demand is fulfilled either way. Which player has an advantage? Player A for using jets or Player B for having more frequent flights with props? What market share is likely?

Let's assume the flights happen during normal day times and that all flights depart at a different time.

Thanks,
André

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Re: Jet Speed vs. Prop Frequency
« Reply #1 on: March 28, 2016, 11:46:00 PM »
Don't have the facts&figures right here but for a route with such a small(ish) demand I'd say the "optimal" frequency is around 4 flights per day.

Offline Andre090904

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Re: Jet Speed vs. Prop Frequency
« Reply #2 on: March 28, 2016, 11:55:07 PM »
Thanks for your quick answer, Sami!

Does that mean that there is no such a thing as a "jet bonus"? I imagined passengers would prefer jets over props as they arrive at the destination faster. But good to know that there is a "optimal frequency". So more flights doesn't automatically mean more market share.

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André

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Re: Jet Speed vs. Prop Frequency
« Reply #3 on: March 29, 2016, 12:02:25 AM »
Total travel time is allegedly considered but it seems to be a minor component. You didn't mention the length of the route, but since most 50 seat props dont go very far, then it's safe to assume this is a fairly short route where the jet might be 20 minutes faster in total, which is not material.

Then again, there's also this bug report that I filed a long time ago that observes that flight time doesn't do much at all....http://www.airwaysim.com/forum/index.php/topic,48584.0.html

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Re: Jet Speed vs. Prop Frequency
« Reply #4 on: March 29, 2016, 01:42:10 AM »
Well, the flight time varies quite a lot for routes around 1000-1500NM. I'm in world 2 in 1971 where there are no jets yet with such a range and only 60 seats or so. Well, the Caravelle, but that's nothing for me.  ;D

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Re: Jet Speed vs. Prop Frequency
« Reply #5 on: March 31, 2016, 03:59:23 PM »
I wish speed had more to say. As it works now, people prefer flying a Lockheed Constellation trans Pacific, instead of a Boeing 707 with 1 tech stop, even though the 707 with the tech stop reaches the destination faster. Total travel time needs to matter more than tech stops. But that's slightly digressing.


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Re: Jet Speed vs. Prop Frequency
« Reply #6 on: March 31, 2016, 04:17:34 PM »
Agreed.

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Re: Jet Speed vs. Prop Frequency
« Reply #7 on: June 12, 2016, 08:06:44 AM »
Size of aircraft makes them more attractive too.  3 flights a day, earliest after 6:30 and back by 9:30 gives best passenger satisfaction (RW) but a night flight with a long layover allows a late take-off and early return to the source airport.

 

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