- This article is about the aircraft; for the concept car see EcoJet concept car.
|This article relies on references to primary sources. (September 2007)|
The EcoJet is a proposed short-haul aircraft for 100 to 200 passengers using propfan engines. The aim of the EcoJet is to stimulate aircraft manufacturers to build a passenger aircraft that would be more environmentally friendly than current generation jets (like the Boeing 737 and the Airbus A320 family), because the intended design using would reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 50%, nitrogen oxide emissions by 75%, and noise pollution by 25% versus current Boeing 737 standards.
The idea was brought forward by EasyJet in June 2007, as a proposal of what the next generation of narrowbody aircraft (with the first flight technically possible for 2015) could look like, but since then no news on the advances of the project were released. Since then, however, both Boeing and Airbus have started development and sales of their updated narrowbody aircraft (737 MAX, A320 NEO), and Bombardier has launched its C-series aircraft. None of these follow the advanced engine and design concepts of the EcoJet. Further, the other narrowbody manufacturers around the world (such as COMAC or UAC) have also recently launched narrowbody projects (the C919, Sukhoi Superjet and Irkut MS-21). As such, no brand new aircraft development, whether like the EcoJet or not, is to be expected before 2025-2030.
The design study sees the EcoJet to be built mostly out of carbon fibre composite materials. Due to the large diameter of the engines, fitting them under the wing would not be an option, so the two engines would be mounted on the rear of the aircraft on pylons. The tail would be flat with diagonal upward projections on the sides functioning as horizontal stabilisers; a Pelikan tail arrangement.
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