Panda Subsonic Regional Jet (PSRJ)

Panda Subsonic Regional Jet (PSRJ)


Andrew Myers

Chenkai Huang

Nathalie Lopez

Luciano Formilan

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Project Introduction

Being the second biggest economy in the world behind the United States, China had a GDP increase in 2009 of 8.7% and 2.2% in the second quarter of 2011. This rapid rate of expansion is resulting in an increase in the number of middle class workers whose incomes also steadily grow. With an up spur of income in the middle class, more travel and expansion in the western part of China has become an emerging market. Alongside air travel now being affordable for the Chinese middle class, it is the quickest form of transportation and will be used for a faster rate of expansion west. Therefore, air travel has become the first option for middle class domestic travel.

With the out of date airplanes and facilities being used, there is now a need for new median-sized efficient airplanes for Chinese domestic flights. This need has drawn the attention of the vice-president for marketing at Boeing Commercial Airplanes, Randy Tinseth, who recently announced that China’s air fleet will triple over the next twenty years. Because of this Chinese domestic airlines will need approximately 5,000 new commercial airplanes. This purchase will be valued at $600 billion, resulting in a large profit market and great commercial profit for designing an airplane which can be more efficient than the current Boeing 737’s in use.

Project Description

The new design of a twin-engine, subsonic regional transport airplane. The regional airplane will have a passenger capacity of 110, an approximate weight of 133000 lb., and a maximum cruise of more than 1400 nm. The cruise altitude will be 36000ft, with a cruise speed of Mach 0.76. The fuel efficiency must be competitive with Boeing 737 after a time/cost factor is added as this will be the main selling point. The airplane will be able to take off and land at the smallest airports in China and must be competitively priced as well as economically feasible.

Proposal Requirements

  • Subsonic transport airplane
  • 1400 NM trip taking off from a 6000 foot long runway
  • Payload consists of 26000lbs (4 crew and 110 passengers at 175 lbs. each plus 50 lbs. baggage per person)
  • Flight should be performed at the subsonic Mach number for best range