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Passenger reasons for mobility transition from jet to train and turboprop

Aeronautics and Aerospace Open Access Journal
Peter Vink,Gerbera Vledder,Luciana Ribeiro Monteiro,Yu Song 2

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Turboprop airplanes and trains have the potential in being more sustainable for short distance travels. This paper focuses on identifying factors that influence passengers in the selection of transport. A questionnaire was developed by 4 experts and used in 3 workshops with 58 aircraft interior design experts. Besides, the answers of 20 passengers were incorporated as well for a holistic view of different stake holders. Results indicated that comfort, efficiency and sustainability are three categories of factors that influence the choice, where the leading factors are space, waiting time, and seat and air quality. For traveling less than 250 km the train is the prefered. Twenty seven % has a preference for the turboprop airplanes for a distance of approximately 500 km. Next to the seat, noise is the second major barrier for the choice of the turboprop. Participants also complain about the outdated image of turboprops. This implies that 1) the environmental impact should be presented to the passengers in the selection process to raise their sustainability concerns; 2) in the design of interior for turboprop, seat comfort and noisie reduction are concerns that should be taken into consideration designing the interior. Exciting elements in the design should be considered as well for stimulating a more sustainable way of travel.


turboprop airplanes, trains, transport, aviation