Someday soon, passengers may find themselves travelling in aircraft that look nothing like the ones seen on today’s runways and helipads. At Airbus, we are testing new and exciting configurations that have the potential to deliver real environmental performance benefits and to improve the passenger experience.

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Future of flight

This game-changing “blended wing body” design could generate up to 20% less fuel burn compared to current single-aisle models with the same engine. The exceptionally spacious layout also opens up the design space, enabling the possible integration of various other types of propulsion systems.


This helicopter demonstrator’s advanced design means it will be 10-15% more efficient than standard helicopters. It has the potential to reach speeds of 400 Km/h, which is significantly faster than standard helicopters.

Future Combat Air System (FCAS)
Shaping the future of air power

This European defence programme aims to connect the next-generation fighter aircraft to other aerial vehicles through a system-of-systems approach.

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The Airbus C295 technology demonstrator of Clean Sky 2 makes its maiden flight
The Airbus C295 Flight Test Bed 2 (FTB2) has successfully performed its maiden flight from the Final Assembly Line in Seville. The aircraft now starts a flight campaign with the aim of testing the new semi-morphing wing, the new affordable flight control system, as well as a SatCom antenna embedded within the aircraft’s fuselage.
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“Innovations for FCAS”: Airbus concludes cooperative pilot phase with startup companies in Germany
Munich, 09 December 2020 – Airbus has concluded a pilot phase of the “Innovations for FCAS” (I4 FCAS) initiative which aims at involving German non-traditional defence players -covering startups, small to medium enterprises (SMEs) and research institutes- in the development of Future Combat Air System (FCAS). This initiative which was launched in April 2020 was funded by the German Ministry of Defence.
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Airbus primes FCAS Low Observability and leads New Generation Fighter in Spain
Spanish industry has signed the initial framework contract of the Future Combat Air System’s (FCAS) demonstrator phase, confirming Airbus as the lead in Spain for the New Generation Fighter (NGF) and prime contractor in the Low Observability domain of the European defence programme.
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