Airbus presents an exciting challenge for University students across Europe: Fly your Ideas competition.

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Airbus presents an exciting challenge for University students across Europe: Fly your Ideas competition.

Applications are open until 11:59 (CET) on 5th April 2024

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The Fly Your Ideas Challenge encourages students to activate their pioneering spirit and innovate for the future of aerospace. With support from Airbus experts, we want teams to tackle global challenges to create a safer, cleaner and better-connected world.


The Challenge 

Fly Your Ideas is an exciting challenge and competition for university students across UK, France, Germany Spain and The Netherlands 

In teams of 3, students will tackle genuine key aerospace challenges by proposing their unique solutions using their latest academic knowledge. 

Airbus will set three key challenges addressing Sustainability, Artificial Intelligence, and Business Modelling. Teams will then choose one to answer as part of their submission.

Participants will learn new skills,  grow their network and enhance their current and future employability. Teamwork, innovation and knowledge sharing are at the core of the challenge.


Challenge 2024

  • Business models- What else could be done with aircraft other than transportation? How can this revolutionise the passenger experience?

  • Design engineering- How can artificial intelligence support aircraft design and/or manufacturing?

  • Sustainable materials- How can the aerospace industry leverage innovative and eco friendly materials to enhance aircraft performance while minimising environmental impact? 

How it works

Register your Interest

First, simply register your team by 12th April 2024 to get the latest information and next steps.


Send us your ideas, pioneering concepts and solutions that promise to revolutionise the aviation industry. Do not be afraid to think out of the box. Each idea holds the potential to introduce a radical shift in the industry.


We will meticulously review all submissions. 

The best 6 teams that present the most innovative solutions, will get through to the next stage. The selected candidates will receive an invitation to present their ideas further in front of our Experts.

An opportunity for students to unleash their creativity and propose groundbreaking ideas for the aviation industry. 


The top 2 teams will then receive an exclusive invite to Farnborough International Airshow.

The final, held at Farnborough Airshow 2024 on Friday 26th July 2024*. Where the top two teams will get the chance to further progress their ideas, and battle it out in front of our judges. This is the opportunity to demonstrate both your passion that led you to pioneer your concept.


The Prize

The winning team will receive a fastrack interview to an assessment centre for the Airbus Global Graduate Programme 2025** cohort starting September that year. 


*all travel expenses for the top 2 teams will be covered 

**only students who have graduated by then will be eligible 

Fly Your Ideas 2024 - key dates

Fly Your Ideas - History

Fly Your Ideas has been a long running competition running for 10 years. 2019 was the last competition and in 2024 we are bringing it back, starting in the UK, France, Germany, Spain and Netherlands, with the aim to open it up globally in the coming years. 

Read the 2019 winners story here:

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Fly Your Ideas is an exciting competition for university students in teams across UK, France, Germany, Spain and The Netherlands to solve real-world challenges in aviation.

Sustainability, Artificial Intelligence, Business Modelling. 

University students across UK, France, Germany, Spain and Netherlands who will have graduated between 2022 - September 2025.

Airbus will evaluate the applications based on Originality on Idea, Link to Airbus Values and Future Longevity of Idea. Airbus will review all submissions, with top 6 being progressed further.

Teams of 3 people. 

Airbus will cover all expenses of the two final teams to travel to the show on Friday 26th July 2024.

All registered students will be invited to an information briefing on how to submit your ideas and further steps.

The Airbus Global Graduate Programme (AGGP) is a 2 year development programme for new graduates. The winning team will receive a fast track assessment centre interview. We had over 26,000 applications last year making this an extremely exciting opportunity. 

The winning team will receive a fast track assessment center interview for the 2025 cohort. This is subject to CV and qualification review. 

Make sure to register your interest HERE by 05/04/2024 and follow our instagram @weareairbus for live updates. 


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