According to Airbus experts, intelligent planes that flock in formation and fly ‘express skyways’ could cut time, delays, stress and emissions. Watch the video
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Airbus added that by 2050, flights in Europe and the USA could on average be around 13 minutes shorter, saving yearly around nine million tonnes of fuel.
–Aircraft take-off in continuous ‘eco-climb’
-Aircraft in free flight and formation along ‘express skyways’
-Low-noise, free-glide approaches and landings
-Powering future aircraft and infrastructure
Charles Champion, Executive Vice President Engineering at Airbus, says: “Our engineers are continuously encouraged to think widely and come up with `disruptive’ ideas which will assist our industry in meeting the 2050 targets we have signed up to. These and the other tough environmental targets will only be met by a combination of investment in smarter aircraft design and optimising the environment in which the aircraft operates. That is why our latest Future by Airbus Smarter Skies concepts focus on not just what we fly but, how we may fly in 2050 and beyond.”