The objective of FRARS-2 (Future Regional Aircraft Requirements Survey – Part 2) was to conduct a survey of airlines’ high-level requirements for future regional aircraft, with specific focus on North American and African operators. This new survey was the continuation of a study conducted under the first Clean Sky Call for Proposals (Future Green Regional Aircraft requirements).
In addition to an extended geographical coverage, the present study brought innovative multi-criteria decision-making support methodologies and tools in order to translate the opinions expressed by the airlines' executives into concrete technology options for the Clean Sky GRA ITD.
The proposed consortium (ENVISA & SustainAvia) has a long-time expertise in the fields of airline surveys and multi-criteria / interdependence models. Both companies have successfully cooperated on a joint survey of worldwide air operators and regulators under Clean Sky SGO ITD's CARING project. Furthermore, the consortium has multiple contacts with high executives of operators in both regions of interest for the present study - North America and Africa.
The key steps of the FRARS-2 project were:
- Survey regional airlines from North America and Africa outside of the EU on their high-level requirements in terms of future regional aircraft.
- Apply innovative multi-criteria techniques to derive concrete conclusions given the mix of qualitative and quantitative technology options.
The project was completed using a combination of conventional questionnaires, and the multi-criteria decision making tool “Analytical Hierarchy Process; a statistical method that looks to replicate the way our minds establish importance by making pairwise comparisons and choosing the relative level of importance of each. This method allows statistical analysis of data that is both quantitative and qualitative within the same framework – an essential tool when considering factors that share no common unit and whose importance can be highly subjective.
The project commenced February 2011 under the name “Updated regional traffic scenario to upgrade requirements for Future Regional Aircraft” (JTI-CS-2011-1-GRA-05-006) and was completed in January of 2013.