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Airbus unveils its 2050 vision for "Smarter Skies"

More flights, fewer emissions and quicker passenger journey times. Welcome to Smarter Skies, the latest installment in The Future by Airbus. For the first time, our vision of sustainable aviation in 2050 looks beyond aircraft design to how the aircraft is operated both on the ground and in the air in order to meet the expected growth in air travel in a sustainable way.

Already today, if the Air Traffic Management (ATM) system and technology on board aircraft were optimised (assuming around 30 million flights per year), Airbus research suggests that every flight in the world could on average be around 13 minutes shorter. This would save approximately 9 million tonnes of excess fuel annually, which equates to over 28 million tonnes of avoidable CO2 emissions and passenger savings of over 500 million hours of excess flight time on board an aircraft. Add to this new aircraft design, alternative energy sources and new ways of flying and you could see even more significant improvements.

The Future by Airbus concentrates on just that and the Smarter Skies vision consists of five concepts which could be implemented across all stages of an aircraft’s operation to reduce waste in the system (waste in time, waste in fuel, reduction of CO2).


Future by Airbus: Airbus unveils its 2050 vision for "Smarter Skies" (02:18)

11 Sep 2012

Airbus’ “Smarter Skies” vision – which was unveiled during September2012 – consists of five concepts that could be implemented in all phasesof an aircraft’s operation to reduce waste in time and fuel, as well ascontributing to a reduction in CO2 emissions. They include: aircrafttakeoff in continuous “eco-climb,” free flight and formation along“express skyways,” free-glide approaches and landings, low-emissionground operations and the use of sustainable fuels and other potentialenergy sources. This video clip includes comments from Charles Champion,Airbus Executive Vice President Engineering.

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"We surveyed over 10,000 people around the world who will be passengers in 2050 to ask what they want from the aviation industry in the future.

Their message was clear – we need to help as many people as possible share in the benefits that air transport brings, but we need to achieve this while looking after the environment."

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