Inaugurated in February 2019, ACIC is Airbus’ newest innovation outpost. Thanks to the city’s reputation as an innovation hotspot, Shenzhen is an attractive location for companies looking to tap into the local expertise, technology and talent pool. In addition, many innovative companies—Huawei Technologies, Royole and DJI, among others—already call Shenzhen home. It is Luo’s mission as CEO to make sure Airbus reaps all the benefits that this innovation ecosystem can offer.
Today, ACIC teams are advancing on a number of projects in five key areas: Hardware Lab, Cabin Experience, Connectivity, Manufacturing Innovation and Urban Air Mobility (UAM). One project involves a collaboration with Huawei and China Mobile to deliver affordable high-bandwidth aircraft connectivity. In addition, ACIC has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Shenzhen Municipal Commerce Bureau to explore UAM solutions in Shenzhen.
In five years’ time, Luo hopes that ACIC will have at least two products that improve the travel experience for airline customers. He also hopes that ACIC will have fostered an excellent industry reputation.
“It’s important for ACIC to gain a positive reputation for innovative thinking and ways of working so local partners and start-ups will want to work with us,” he says.