Wide Body Aircraft


Objective: To more effectively utilize the load and cubic foot carrying capability of existing wide body air frames with minimal design costs, thereby improving wide body aircraft economics by over 20%--far more than can be achieved by a better engine design.
Market: Passenger and cargo air traffic continues to grow faster than the availability of landing slots. Airframe manufacturers are beginning to look at aircraft even larger than the 747. The design cost, however, for a major new aircraft ranges from $10-25 billion. Larger aircraft also require longer spacing between flights thereby minimizing the real impact of increased carrying capacity per in-passengers per hour. In addition, some infrastructure might become obsolete due to the design of larger aircraft.
Technology: Aerospace companies, including airframe makers and engine designers, continually look for ways to significantly improve the operating economics of the airframe. Airlines look at ways to maximize revenues with fare structures and increased seat density. What is overlooked, however, is the increased utilization of existing space in wide body aircraft. We believe that a 25% plus increase in revenue capability is available through the redesign of the deck structure of existing wide body aircraft at very low incremental cost compared to designing new airframes. Through a redesign of the deck configurations, useable cargo and/or passenger space can be increased 25% with modest structural design changes.
Commercialization: Several airlines and cargo companies (British Air, Consolidated Freightways) have shown interest, but have been discouraged by the lack of interest shown by Boeing and Airbus. Meeting with Boeing confirmed that the cost of developing this airframe with existing 747 tooling is less than 10% the cost of a full airframe development for equal seating capacity. It is virtually impossible to commercialize this concept without a major partnership and the cooperation of one of the major airframe companies. We are looking for airlines interested in pursuing this patent opportunity.
Patents: U.S. patent 4,925,132.
Contact: Bob Zider   zider@betagroupllc.com