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Page 16 • AirCArgo AsiA-PACifiC • DEC ‘16 - JANUARY 2017 Freighter version might give Ecojet more ‘legs’ RUSSiA’s Frigate ecojet isn’t given a very high chance by many western pundits of moving into production, but if the uniquely-designed aircraft does progress beyond design, research and development it is likely a freighter version would contribute heavily to the type’s commercial viability. The aircraft’s conceptual design is the work of a private moscow-based compa- ny, Rosavia. Several of its senior engi- neers and technicians come from Russia’s iconic aircraft design bureaux which have created some of the world’s best known – and biggest – freighters. The Frigate ecojet is based on an almost revolutionary aerodynamic and structural design which creates a sort of oval or elliptical fuselage. This delivers a wider than usual pas- senger cabin, allowing three aisles. In the belly there’s more flexibility for cargo loading. The project is predicated on the need for medium-range, lighter wide-body aircraft with reduced fuel requirements to keep operational costs low. Two passenger/cargo versions are envisaged: The 300 which will hold 300 revenue passengers but with a limited range of only 3500km. The 250 will have a reduced payload but range of 4500- 5000km. The freighter would again leverage the fuselage breadth by loading 40 LD-3 units on the upper deck and six P1P pallets on the lower. The Rosavia team report they have had a lot of interest but there are no firm orders or options to date. There has been talk of the project moving to a european base to encourage western investment and allow immediate access to EASA certification (and thence to FAA) rather than having to work for the eASA tick after gaining Russian ap- provals, a duplication in many respects. Two passenger/cargo versions are envisaged: the 300 which will hold 300 revenue passengers but with a limited range of only 3500km. The 250 will have a reduced payload but range of 4500-5000km.