This New Airplane Out Of Russia Could Be A Total Game Changer
Currently there are essentially two companies that dominate the world’s skies: Boeing and Airbus. Well, Frigate Ecojet out of Russia wants to challenge that.
Really quick jet tutorial: Wide-body jets can carry many more people and travel further, but they require higher costs to operate due to their size, fuel needs, and other technical factors. Then there are narrow-body aircrafts. These planes are, as the name suggests, skinnier and carry fewer passengers, but are also cheaper to operate. So basically, depending on the distance and the number of passengers traveling on certain routes, an airline has to decide which aircraft is most cost-efficient.
This is where the Frigate Ecojet comes in. With both a small body, and an ability to carry a lot of passengers, this plane could be a real game changer in air travel.
It has a totally unique design.
This jet will have a wide body and a new egg-like shape. The design and technology behind this jet’s body will allow it to carry more passengers over a shorter distance than current narrow-bodied aircrafts. In high-density areas, such as Asia, it may be of great use, where large numbers of people could be transported more easily and for cheaper.
It can also carry a lot of people.
The Frigate Ecojet would be able to carry up to 358 passengers, and its planned routes would most likely be anywhere between 3,000 and 4,000 nautical miles — essentially allowing it to carry a lot of people at medium-distance range. Of course, 3,000 miles sounds far, but, remember, in the air that’s really not near as far as some international flights. Some of the world’s longest flight’s are around 7,000 to 9,000 nautical miles!
It's going to take a few years.
The company behind the Frigate Ecojet, Rosavia, hopes to have the plane operational by 2018. The plane will come with a catalogue price of around $120 million. You know, chump change.