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.

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 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.

EcoPulse™ is a distributed hybrid-propulsion aircraft demonstrator developed in partnership with Daher and Safran with the support of France’s CORAC and DGAC.


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 automated kite acts as a traction wing to tow merchant vessels, thereby reducing emissions and fuel burn of ships transporting Airbus aircraft sections.


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.


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Shaping the future of aerospace

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Climate Change

Leading the journey towards climate-neutral aerospace

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Environmental responsibility

A lifecycle approach to improved environmental performance

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Sustainable supply chain

Responsible sourcing across the supply chain