Bringing the industry together

Decarbonisation of the helicopter industry is a priority not only for Airbus, but also for operators and lessors. 

This panel explored the journey to decarbonising vertical lift and reflected on the steps required to deliver our ambitious net-zero emissions targets. 

We also heared from some of our customers on why this is important for them and their operations, the challenges they face, and what they expect from manufacturers.

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The challenge of reducing emissions in time to reach net-zero by 2050 touches all parts of the aviation sector. Everyone has a role to play, which is why we are increasing efficiency across our entire product range.

Airbus Helicopters CEO Bruno Even welcomed two helicopter industry stakeholders who understand the increasing importance of sustainable operations. They shared their experience of reducing CO2 emissions, the strategies they have deployed and the challenges that they have met along the way.

We also shared the latest updates from our technology and demonstrator roadmap to decarbonisation, illustrating the concrete progress we are making.




  • The desire for greater sustainability in helicopter flight is being driven by multiple stakeholders. Sustainability is becoming an increasingly important criteria in how investment is allocated. 
  • Fuel consumption accounts for the majority of CO2 emissions created during the lifetime of a helicopter. No surprise, therefore, that the reduction of CO2 emissions is an area where we could unlock significant improvements in the future sustainability of helicopters. Other improvements that are being targeted include enhanced aerodynamic design, more efficient propulsion systems, and smarter operational performance. 
  • To test and develop these new technologies, Airbus has revealed its new concept helicopter, DisruptiveLab, which complements Airbus’ FlightLab demonstrator. DisruptiveLab will test a new architecture intended to reduce emissions, while further promoting the benefits of hybrid propulsion.



Tim Boyle

Tim Boyle


General Manager and Accountable Executive


Bruno Even


Chief Executive Officer

Jasper Jandu

Jaspal Jandu


Chief Executive Officer


Tomasz Krysinski


Vice President Research and Innovation

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DisruptiveLab: A concept helicopter aimed at testing a new architecture that will enable the maturation of new technologies destined to improve aircraft performance and reduce environmental footprint.



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