January - June 2020
High Capacity, Short-Range
American Institutes of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) 2020 Undergraduate Team Aircraft Competition background:
As the world economy has advanced, more of the world has access to commercial air travel.
A recurring problem that arises with this increase in air travel is the congestion of major
commercial airports. For example, the congestion at airports such as John F Kennedy
International (JFK) and London Heathrow (LHR) result in delays, not enough flights to
meet demand, and passengers needing to fly to smaller satellite airports. As many of the
major world economies such as China and India mature, this problem will only become
This Request for Proposal (RFP) is for the design of an aircraft that addresses this market
problem. Specifically, a high capacity, short-range transport aircraft designed to alleviate
airport congestion, without the size and cost that comes with long-range capability. This
aircraft will have an entry into service (EIS) of 2029, with a passenger capacity of 400 in a
dual class configuration, and 3,500 nautical miles of range.