What costs dominate an airliner’s operation? Part 2

By Bjorn Fehrm

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September 13, 2018, © Leeham News.: Last week we began an article series looking at the cost equation for an airliner. We discussed the different costs and how these would be affected by airline type and operating area.

Now we calculated the different costs for a Legacy airline operating either in the US, West Europe or Asia.


  • The Narrowbody operated by a legacy carrier has high Aiport costs as it frequently take-offs and lands on major airports.
  • For the Widebody operation, the fuel and capital costs are higher than Navigation and Airport fees. The differences in how the US, Europe and Asia handle en route navigation fees creates a large Navigation cost difference between the geographies.

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