Airbus have revealed a model of their blended wing aircraft at the Singapore 2020 Air Show.
“Airbus is leveraging emerging technologies to pioneer the future of flight,” said Jean-Brice Dumont, EVP Engineering Airbus. He added, “This technological demonstrator could be instrumental in bringing about change in commercial aircraft architectures for an environmentally sustainable future for the aviation industry.”
This new design aims to increase fuel economy, consuming over 20% less fuel in comparison to current single-aisle aircraft. It intends to have a reduction in emissions, noise and cost to operate compared to an equally advanced conventional transport aircraft.
Airbus are using their capabilities in engineering and manufacturing to potentially achieve a significant development in the future air travel experience. This new aircraft design will feature high-lift wings and a wide body to create lift and minimise drag. Tests are expected to continue until mid-2020 but there is currently no timeline for the designs to enter service.