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AirTech SA-180

Role

Wide-body, double-decker jet airliner

National origin

Republic of Adana

Manufacturer

Alexander Aerospace Technologies

First flight

16 November 2005

Introduced

5 March 2008 with Alexander Air

Status

In production, in service

Primary users

Alexander Air
Concordia International Airlines
Republic of Adana

Produced

2005-present

Number built

71 (as of 31 May 2014)

Unit cost

367 million lira

The Alexander Aerospace SA-180 is a transonic double-decker, wide-body, four-engined airliner manufactured by Adanese aerospace firm AirTech, a subsidiary of Alexander Enterprises. The aircraft was known as the AirTech Gigan during much of its development phase, a name mostly forgotten with the aircraft becoming known simply as the 180 upon entering service.

The 180's upper deck extends along the entire length of the fuselage, and its width qualifies it as a widebody aircraft. This allows for the aircraft to provide seating for 560 people in a three-class configuration or up to 875 people in an all-economy configuration.

Design & developmentEdit

The AirTech SA-180 began development as the AT-179, a model which also spawned the SA-181. Around 2000, the project was transferred to AirTech's Mobius Division, putting it in the same lineup as the SA-172. Mobius codenamed the AT-179 as "Gigan" and redesigned it to allow it to travel at supersonic speeds. Initial expectations of the aircraft's speed were as high as Mach 2, but the company's demands of the 179's look limited it to just over Mach 1. At this point, the project was split into two: the SA-180 "Gigan", and the smaller SA-181 "Gorgo".

Service historyEdit

The SA-180 made its first commercial flight on 5 March 2008 from İncirlik, Çukurova to Oured, Osea, with a flyover of Alexander City in celebration of the anniversary of Alexander Enterprises' foundation, and its fourth year in the city. On this flight, however, the 180 could not achieve supercruise, as the Adanese government had yet to lift its ban on supersonic flight over its territory, just as many other countries. Until 2010, when the ban was changed to only be in effect under the altitude of 1,600 metres, the aircraft would only operate at 0.95 M, a speed which it is still often restricted to when flying in foreign territories.

In November 2008, the 180 entered service with its second commercial carrier, Concordia International Airlines, where it is primarily used for transoceanic flights.

VariantsEdit

Civilian variantsEdit

  • KC-180W: Firefighting aircraft proposal
  • SA-180 SCLA: Shuttle carrier aircraft for the TSO

Military variantsEdit

  • C-180: Outsize cargo aircraft
  • EK-180: Aerial refueling and electronic warfare and support aircraft
  • KC-180: Multirole tanker transport aircraft

SpecificationsEdit

  • Range: 8,450 nmi
  • Cruising speed: Mach 1.1

See alsoEdit

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