The aviation industry has committed to achieving net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. But this ambitious target cannot be achieved using existing aircraft technologies. Alternative propulsion systems and low-carbon energy sources, as well as innovative solutions to existing challenges, will help us to significantly reduce CO2 emissions in future aircraft.
Our future aircraft projects
Towards the world’s first zero-emission commercial aircraft
These concept aircraft fuelled by hydrogen technology enable Airbus to explore how to best deliver on our ambition to develop the world’s first zero-emission commercial aircraft by 2035.
CityAirbus NextGen is an all-electric, four-seat vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) multicopter prototype featuring a fixed wing and V-shaped tail.
This breakthrough laminar aircraft demonstrator aims to reduce wing friction by 50%, which could lower in-flight CO2 emissions by up to 5%. BLADE is currently being tested in our A340 Flight Lab.
This helicopter demonstrator features a ground-breaking “eco-mode” that enables single-engine operation, which generates fuel savings of up to 40%. Further enhancements will also reduce CO2 emissions and noise.
A new approach to distributed propulsion for aircraft
This distributed hybrid-propulsion aircraft demonstrator, developed in partnership with Daher and Safran, aims to leverage the benefits of distributed propulsion to improve aircraft’s environmental performance.
This helicopter demonstrator has the potential to reach speeds of 400 Km/h, which is significantly faster than standard helicopters. The advanced design also means it will be 10-15% more efficient than standard helicopters.
This high-altitude pseudo-satellite (HAPS) is powered exclusively by solar power. Replacing one conventional UAV with a Zephyr saves approximately 2,000 tons of fuel per year.