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.

Our disruptive design projects

Future of flight

MAVERIC

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.

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Racer

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.

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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.

Latest news

Defence
Key milestones achieved in Manned-Unmanned Teaming for future air power
The ability to task unmanned systems from a manned aircraft is an important force multiplier in Airbus’ vision for future air power, with a wide range of applications extending to combat scenarios and beyond.
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Defence
Future Combat Air System: A400M clears the first hurdle as a Remote Carrier launcher
Airbus A400M, the world’s most advanced multi-role airlifter utilised by military forces around the globe, has demonstrated a new capability, as an airborne launcher of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), fulfilling a vital function for the Future Combat Air System.
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Sustainability
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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DDMS

Digital Design, Manufacturing & Services

Transforming Airbus through digital continuity

Future materials

Future materials

At the heart of advanced aerospace concepts

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Quantum technologies

A potential game-changer in aerospace

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Biomimicry

Imitating nature’s best-kept secrets