posted on Oct, 15 2012 @ 09:40 PM
somewhat serendipitously I've just been to a presentation by Rob Fyfe, CEO of Air New Zealand, on the impact of technology on the airline industry.
He noted that a 777 flight from Auckland to London return costs about $1.3 million to run, and of that 55% is the cost of fuel, and "perhaps" 15% is
Maintenance is way down because newer a/c such as 777-200's and especially 777-300's have much longer maintenance intervals than the 747-400's they
are replacing. It is especially noticeable for th engines - with only 2 engines vs 4, and those engines being even more reliable, the engine
maintenance costs are down over 50%.
They are expecting to get 787-9's by the end of 2013 (3 1/2 yrs after initially expected) which they expect to have a 20% further advantage over 777's
in running costs per seat-kilometer, again much of it from maintenance due to replacing aluminium structures with composites, and also much lower fuel
edit on 15-10-2012 by Aloysius the Gaul because: (no reason given)