Design for Airfreight Development - The Next Decade 650782
The potential airfreight market is examined and found to be many-fold times the present level. Results are cited from a recent market forecast showing airfreight growth through 1975. The U. S. domestic segment is shown to involve cities of medium as well as large population, establishing the need for a jet cargo aircraft of medium size. A new design concept, the QC (quick-change) convertible cargo/passenger aircraft, is described and an economic study of its application presented. Possible uses for a mixed cargo/passenger airplane are discussed and the requirement for a versatile design capable of QC cargo, passenger, or mixed cargo/passenger interiors noted. Application of the QC concept will stimulate regional domestic airfreight and make possible profitable operation of regular jet airfreight into communities which now have only limited service. The QC airplane with its large earning power, low breakeven cost, and interior flexibility, is capable of developing the short-to-medium haul airfreight market while returning a profit to the airlines.