The Small Airliner Problem, Part 10. Cash costs for a battery-based airliner

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By Bjorn Fehrm

July 6, 2023, © Leeham News: In our series on costs factors that make up Cash Operating Cost for a battery-based airliner with range extenders, we now add Crew costs and Airport/Airway fees.

We then have all the components of the Cash Operating Cost (COC) for the ES-30 and can compare it to a normal propulsion 30-seat turboprop.

Figure 1. The Heart Aerospace ES-30 hybrid 30-seat airliner. Source: Heart Aerospace.

  • The high operating weight and slow speed of a battery airliner increase the Airport/Airway fees and Crew costs for the ES-30.
  • In summary, only one Cash cost remains competitive, and the COC total exceeds the cost of a 30-seater turboprop.

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