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Future Regional Aircraft Requirements Study

European Union
Complete with results
Geo-spatial type
Total project cost
€49 860
EU Contribution
€37 395
Project Acronym
STRIA Roadmaps
Vehicle design and manufacturing (VDM)
Transport mode
Airborne icon
Transport policies
Transport sectors
Passenger transport,
Freight transport


Call for proposal
Link to CORDIS

A study to investigate and assess the requirements associated with future Regional Aircraft in terms of future 'green' and other operational 'scenarios' and constraints, as seen by the Regional Airlines. The aim of the study lies in the identification, analysis, assessment and trade-off of the identified requirements in order to define the most 'optimum' combinations of these, overall. The results of the study will 'feed' the related design and technologies' development efforts under the CSJU GRA ITD. Representatives from various European Regional Aircraft Operators will be interviewed so as to establish the benchmark for the related study.


Parent Programmes
Institution Type
Public institution
Institution Name
European Commission
Type of funding
Public (EU)
Specific funding programme


New aeroplanes to fly in cleaner skies


An EU-sponsored initiative that involves ambitious European companies is facilitating the design and eventual commercialisation of eco-friendly aircraft.


Demand for regional commercial flights is increasing as the EU grows and exchanges flourish, but the resulting noise and air pollution are not in line with the bloc's climate change policies. The EU-funded project 'Future regional aircraft requirements study' (FRARS) explored ways to encourage regional air transport that fits with Europe's increasingly greener regulatory framework.


Under the EU's Cleansky and Green Regional Airline initiatives, the project outlined the requirements for new aircraft configurations to help advance this ambitious vision. Working closely with different airlines and partners, it studied several airlines' size, fleet, revenues, customers, environmental considerations and future outlook to understand how they are evolving.


FRARS then outlined desirable requirements, weights, design parameters and aspects to produce a methodology and toolset that support aircraft manufacturers in producing new aircraft configurations. This also included technological capabilities, development costs, manufacturer's considerations and other important issues to achieve the optimal design. Once a viable design is validated, resulting aeroplanes are expected to be not only greener but also highly competitive, in line with the requirements and priorities of client airline companies. In this direction, the project highlighted the success of an enterprising Greek company working closely with Alenia Aeronautica of Italy to create invaluable synergies and new business opportunities.


While the project's results have been classed as confidential, dissemination of its results has reached key stakeholders in the field, including 55 European airlines. The main findings also reached all stakeholders involved in the project consortium and other key players in the EU that could benefit from the cutting-edge information. In addition to fostering a more competitive aeronautics industry, the project has the potential to create significantly cleaner and quieter skies over Europe, giving Europe's aerospace industry a generous boost.


Lead Organisation
Anonymi Etairia Systimaton Organosis Leitourgias Kai Epikoinonias Epicheiriseon
Syngrou Avenue 377, 17564 Palaio Faliro, Greece
Organisation website
EU Contribution
€37 395
Partner Organisations
EU Contribution


Technology Theme

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