The Frigate Ecojet – Moscow-based aviation company Rosavia is taking on giants Airbus and Boeing with its new Frigate Ecojet aircraft concept.
Market gap – Rosavia hopes to plug a gap in the market by combining the capacity of a wide-body aircraft with the economics and range of a narrow-bodied one.
More than 300 passengers – It's been designed to fly between 276 and 358 passengers over distances of 3,000 to 4,000 nautical miles, depending on the model.
Elliptic fuselage – Its positioning as a medium-haul wide-body airliner sets the Frigate Ecojet apart in the market. Visually, its most eye-catching feature is its curved fuselage.
Interior – Rosavia engineers say its elliptic shape is a particularly efficient solution for seating more than 350 passengers in a three-aisle configuration, while keeping weight and dimensions below those of wide-body aircraft of similar capacity.
Asian markets – Rosavia sees most of the demand coming from Asia, where the Frigate Ecojet could serve growth in high-density routes between the region's major cities.
Plans underway – The company has already successfully completed the first round of aerodynamic and structural tests in Germany, with the cooperation of several engineering partners, and it's now looking for a suitable location for its assembly line.
The future – The Frigate Ecojet project is an ambitious undertaking, but it's this same medium-haul slice of the market that launched the mighty Airbus Group some four decades ago.