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AIR TRANSPORT ECONOMICS.
By Edward P. Warner.
The cost of service on the commercial air lines at present
operating in Europe does not always bear a direct relation to
ihe costs of operation. It must be admitted that the charges ^0
air -transport at present are much lower than they could possi:-
be set if the business were to stand on its own feet without
sidy. The time will come when subsidies will be withdrawn, anc
when that time arrives it will be very important to have some ac-
tual knowledge of the cost of operation per passenger-mile or
per ton-mile for express.
It is surprisingly difficult to secure reliable information.
on costs of operation. The companies either Athave no accurate
figures or conceal them as a trade secret, but there is one source
fortunately, from which unimpeachable information can be drawn.
One of the greatest uses of the United States air mail has been
to serve as a laboratory of aiz transport, as an experimental
enterprise which, carried on over a long period and on a reasons.
bly large scale, would show the real possibilities of commercial
flying and the conditions under which it could be most advanta.
ously carried on.
Taking the air mail figures as a basis, then, it has beetz .
found that the total operating expenses, including all overhead,
are about 80 cents per airplane-mile. This would work out at :s
discouragingly large figure per ton-mile, but the airplane-mile_
* Taken from Christian Science Monitor, September 18, 1922,
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Warner, Edward P. Air Transport Economics, report, October 1922; (https://digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc55798/m1/2/: accessed May 24, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, https://digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.