Farnborough 2010: Airbus offers ‘Concept Plane’

July 21: Airbus has presented its vision of the future for air passenger travel in 40 years’ time with its ‘Engineers’ dream’ to meet ‘Passenger of 2050’ expectations.
Airbus experts in aircraft materials, aerodynamics, cabins and engines have come up with the design incorporating ultra-long and slim wings, semi-embedded engines, a U-shaped tail and light-weight ‘intelligent’ body to further improve environmental performance or ‘eco-efficiency’.
Charles Champion, Executive Vice President Engineering at Airbus, said “The Airbus Concept Plane represents an engineer’s dream about what an aircraft could look like in the long term future. It’s not a real aircraft and all the technologies it features, though feasible, are not likely to come together in the same manner. Here we are stretching our imagination and thinking beyond our usual boundaries. We want to stimulate young people from all over the world to engage with us so that we can continue to share the benefits of air transport while also looking after the environment.” ‘Green’ energy sources like fuel cells, solar panels or even body heat might provide energy for powering some systems.
It’s not only the shape of the aircraft that may change, but also the travel experience. Airbus thinks radical aircraft interiors will become reality with ‘morphing’ seats made from ecological, self-cleaning materials that would change shape for a snug fit and walls that become see-through at the touch of a button, affording 360 degree views of the world below.