What is it that makes the Shaneen so good?
The market for Shaneens has several main elements providing exceptionally positive circumstances for the complete success of the type.
Growth of commercial flights continues at around 5% per year. While the current market of airliners is around 12,000 airliners in the 125-200 seat (Shaneen4 and Shaneen5 size) market, 5% means this could top close to 20,000 airliners by mid-next decade.
The slow production rate of both Boeing and Airbus, there is currently a 5 and a half year wait for delivery of a new Boeing 737 family type, and a 7.4 year wait to airlines for a new Airbus A-320 family type. Airlines dislike older fleets, and coupled to the growth and slow delivery rates means aircrafts ages are affected. Shaneen will produce airliners at a faster rate of production, securing more orders: the types are newer and thereby subjected to the latest certification standards.
The Briggs Shaneen brings the first new configuration to commercial airlines in 50 years. The 125-150 seat DC Shaneen4 series airliner and the 150-190 seat DJC Shaneen5 series airliner are Aceson program versions of the Briggs main programme Shaneen-series subsonic airliners.
The Shaneen4 and 5 are in a size category which is the most popular size for airliners, producing high sales potential. Aceson bond buyers are repaid, and Oceaneleen is funded by Shaneen airliner profits. This provides investors with the financial confidence of collateral and safety of isolation from fluctuations from the sharemarket.
There will be three fuel options for Shaneen4 and Shaneen5, conventional jet fuel, Bio-fuel and, if development allows, hydrogen. Jet-fuelled versions of Shaneens will burn less fuel and have lower carbon emissions. These types will produce much less pollution from aerodynamic efficiencies and smaller engines than equivalent-sized airliners.
Shaneens have been designed - by use of conformal fuel tanks - to be capable of running on liquid hydrogen. The added tanks enable buyers of jet fuelled Shaneens to update their airliners to cryogenic fuels later on if desired. Hydrogen has zero carbon emissions, exempt from carbon taxation with its combustion producing no carbon emissions. Shaneens will be the first cryo-fuelled airliners in the world, developing the infrastructure and standards for the indefinite future.
Shaneens will use approximately 20% less fuel of present equivalent sized airliners, giving a commercial advantage over the competition: fuel burn accounts for about half of a flights total cost. Using less fuel and easier maintenance of newer airliners will promote cheaper air-fares.
Quieter: airport friendly
The flights are occurring due to the need for people to move around, and the safe aspects of the Shaneen design will enable an increase in the incredibly safe system we enjoy today, giving more people the ability and confidence to be able fly, boosting business for airlines.
Uses current facilities
These markets are as prevalent in western nations as emerging economies around the world in areas like Asia, the Sub-Continent and Africa. Flight to these areas brings options for tourism and business opportunities from all over the world.