Capacity: 3000 (5300 in economy configuration)
Length: 124 m
Height: 20.4 m
Empty weight: 485,400 kg
Maximum Take-Off Weight: 1,580,000 kg
Powerplant: 2 MAS HP-44 Reactor/Generator stacks generating 225 Megawatts each
4x MAS AirMaster E49 Electric Resistojets generating 690 kN each
10× MAS Vandal A03 turbofans, 150 kN each (regular use in take off and landing only)
Takeoff run: 4,200 m with maximum payload
Maximum Speed Mach 0.92 1127 km/h
Cruise speed: 895 km/h
Service ceiling: 10,000 m (33,000 ft)
The 14 engined nuclear powered SkyLiner produced by the ACA (Allied Concordat Aerospace consortium) uses a triple deck Blended Wing Body, or BWB “flying wing” configuration. A typical three-class “liner” layout accommodates 3000 passengers, while a single-class economy layout accommodates a maximum of 5300 passengers. The distinctive manta like outline created by the unique BWB has made the Skyliner highly recognisable with a strong brand presence reinforcing its robust capabilities. Initial orders stand at over 3000 aircraft of various layouts making it potentially a very profitable product for ACA.
The Skyliner is the only series currently in production, flies at high-subsonic speeds typically at 895 km/h and features a truly global range.
The ACA central research and development labs drew on previous military Blended Wing Body (BWB) concept aircraft from MAS (Megacity Aerospace Systems) FDI aerospace (Freethinkers Defence Industries) to create the unique form of the Skyliner, ACA is also developing the “SkyWarrior” variant of SkyLiner. The Blended Wing Body, or BWB, designates an alternative airframe design which incorporates design features from both a traditional tube and wing design into a hybrid flying wing configuration. The advantages of the BWB approach are efficient high-lift wings and a wide airfoil-shaped body. This enables the entire craft to contribute to lift generation which with the high mass of the SkyLiner is essential. The BWB concept reportedly offers greater structural, aerodynamic and operating efficiencies than today's more conventional tube-and-wing designs. Its modular design also allows for centre body growth while maintaining common wings. These features translate into greater range, reliability and life cycle savings, as well as lower manufacturing costs. They also allow for a wide variety of potential military and commercial applications.
Initial publicity stressed the Skyliners incredible level of comfort and space, which offers room for such installations as relaxation areas, bars, duty-free shops, restaurants and a full sleeping section in its standard layout.
Most Airports require terminal and taxi way reconfigurations to facilitate loading and unloading with the Skyliners BWB design.
The Skyliner has an increased-capacity landing gear system with 86 wheels and two “outriggers”. The cargo doors and twin forward ramps are all placed “hull down”. The twin large tails were made necessary by the ability BWB layout. The Skyliner is not intended for tactical airlifting and is not designed for short-field operation.
On the 18th of may 2010 the Skyliner received its type certificate from the Concordat Aviation Committee Aviation Register. The type’s first flight in commercial service departed from Megacity one in ZMI flying to Navarre Freethinkers carrying 700,000 kilograms (771.61 short tons) of Kabbage Company “Instant Crispy Fried Happy Happy Breakfast Freeze Dried Cabbage Bars”. Since then the Skyliner has become the major workhorse of the ACA.
ACA has not publicly announced delivery dates.