Airbus' Radical New Passenger Jet
Future of Flying & Cutting Fuel Consumption
French airplane manufacturing giant Airbus just disclosed that it has developed and tested a radical new flying machine. It's a blended wing commercial passenger jet. The new aircraft has great promise. It cuts jet fuel consumption by 20%. And the radical, wide bodied, V-type design opens up tremendous opportunities to redesign the cabin area for passengers. In fact, it has the capacity to accommodate many more passengers than traditional passenger jets.
Model Aircraft Demonstrated at the 2020 Singapore Air Show
Airbus says this is radical new aircraft design. It says it's testing disruptive aircraft configurations like the MAVERICK to evaluate their potential use. They will continue testing their blended wing aircraft through 2025. They demonstrated how the concept aircraft works with a small, remote-controlled version at this week's Singapore 2020 Air Show.
Next Priorities: Passenger Experience
Airbus' next priority is to determine the impact of blended wing flying on the passengers. The blended wing plane has no windows. The engines are anchored on top of the rear of the aircraft and have shielding to reduce noise. Of particular importance with this new, wide-bodied environment, is how passengers would cope with the feeling of moving a bit more as the plane turns. Airbus' new blended wing aircraft is designed to test the future potentialities of flying.