The aviation industry has expressed its commitment 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

Ushering in the next generation of CityAirbus, the fully electric vehicle is equipped with fixed wings, a V-shaped tail, and eight electrically powered propellers as part of its uniquely designed distributed propulsion system.

CityAirbus NextGen

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 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.


Towards the world’s first hydrogen-fuelled commercial aircraft. These concept aircraft enable Airbus to explore how to best deliver on our ambition by 2035.


This high-altitude pseudo-satellite (HAPS) is powered exclusively by solar power. Replacing one conventional UAV with a Zephyr could save approximately 2,000 tons of fuel per year.


Innovation at Airbus

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Latest news

Airbus takes superconductivity research for hydrogen-powered aircraft a step further
Airbus UpNext, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Airbus, has launched a new technological demonstrator to accelerate the maturation of superconducting technologies for use in electric propulsion systems of a future hydrogen-powered aircraft.
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Airbus, Houston Airports, Center for Houston’s Future join forces to study feasibility of hydrogen hub at George Bush Intercontinental Airport
Airbus, Houston Airports and the Center for Houston’s Future (CHF)have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to study the feasibility of a hydrogen hub at George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH).
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Montréal–Trudeau International Airport, Toronto Pearson International Airport and Vancouver International Airport sign with Airbus and ZeroAvia for hydrogen hubs at Canadian airports
Airbus and ZeroAvia have signed three respective Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Canada's three busiest airports, Montréal–Trudeau International Airport (YUL), Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ) and Vancouver International Airport (YVR) to study the feasibility of hydrogen infrastructure at airports in Canada. The signature ceremony took place at the International Aerospace Innovation Forum, organized by Aéro Montréal.
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