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Russia’s Frigate Ecojet: Can It Compete With Boeing and Airbus?

Russia’s Frigate Ecojet: Can It Compete With Boeing and Airbus?
Jennifer Billock

Boeing and Airbus are facing new competition from a Russian rival company, Rosavia, and its new plane.

Rosavia, a private Moscow-based airplane manufacturer, is poised to give Boeing and Airbus a run for their money in the race to create a better flight with a new plane concept that serves a niche market.

The new concept plane is called the Frigate Ecojet. Rosavia’s goal with this new aircraft is to bridge the gap between wide-body and narrow-body planes. According to CNN, wide-body aircraft are traditionally used to transport large numbers of bodies on long-haul flights. Narrow-body planes are for shorter flights with fewer people. The Frigate Ecojet is expected to fly larger numbers of people over shorter distances without the weight or economic issues caused by traditional planes.

The Ecojet will fall into its own category: medium-haul, wide-body planes.

It will achieve its goal mostly based on shape — an elliptical fuselage maximizes efficiency by seating more than 350 people while keeping the jet’s size under the wide-body measurements.

Boeing is supposedly looking at manufacturing a similar plane as part of its long-term goals. Rosavia plans to have the Frigate Ecojet up and running by 2018 at a cost of $120 million per aircraft, which is the same price point as the smaller Airbus A321neo.

Demand for a jet like this is already high in Asian countries, and aviation experts expect there to be a demand for up to 2,000 of these aircraft over the next 20 years.

[Photo: Frigate Ecojet]

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8 Comments

  1. diburning

    February 10, 2016 at 1:22 pm

    Three aisles? Will it meet EASA and FAA emergency evacuation time limits? I thought traditionally widebodies had two aisles, which are then lengthened because going wider would mean a slower evacuation time.

  2. danielchee

    February 10, 2016 at 6:12 pm

    3 seat sets would be 2 aisle no? Like a 4-4-4?

  3. Stealthmode

    February 10, 2016 at 10:36 pm

    NOT 3 aisles. The article says 3 seat sets, to me this sound like TWO aisles.

  4. a310pilot

    February 11, 2016 at 12:56 pm

    Too late. 787 was designed for this purpose. It’s per flight cost is the same for flying short flight vs long flights. Infact 787 is the first place to be capable of it . Russians will be second.

  5. ly787

    February 11, 2016 at 5:19 pm

    ” up and running by 2018″
    seriously????

  6. sdsearch

    February 11, 2016 at 5:43 pm

    The linked CNN article DOES SAY three aisles. Now, whether that’s correct or not, I don’t know, but this is what it says: “Rosavia’s engineers say its elliptic shape is a particularly efficient solution for seating more than 350 passengers in a three-aisle configuration”

  7. LoungeBum

    February 13, 2016 at 5:42 pm

    “wide-body aircraft are traditionally used to transport large numbers of bodies on long-haul flights.” Normally bodies are transported in the cargo section… people in the other hand are traveling on the plane.

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