Re: Effecient transport

From: (Richard Shevell)
Organization: Stanford University, Dept. of Aero/Astro
Date:         11 Sep 95 21:27:25 
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In article <airliners.1995.1431@ohare.Chicago.COM>,
(Bill Daniels ) wrote:

> Is it possible, with available or speculative technology, to build a
> cargo aircraft that would compete on a cost-per-ton-mile basis with
> ground transport?

  No!, if you mean on a direct operating cost per ton-mile basis.  On a
total system cost basis, yes.  That is when you include storage,
warehousing and packaging costs, the speed of the airplane can pay off.
High value goods cannot afford to sit on a ship for weeks.  Being able to
order material to arrive just when you need it, being responsive to last
minute orders, can avoid warehouse costs, etc.
Richard Shevell