For all the aviation industry has achieved – and the pioneering steps Airbus has made in 40 years of innovation – it is the future of flight which unites and inspires us. So what will it look like? That’s what we’ve been asking passengers around the world.
For all the aviation industry has achieved – and the pioneering steps Airbus has made in 40 years of innovation – it is the future of flight which unites and inspires us. So what will it look like?
That’s what we’ve been asking passengers around the world in a global consultation as part of ‘The Future by Airbus’ (FbA) – our vision of sustainable aviation in 2050.
Since we launched our visionary programme in 2010 we’ve engaged more than 1.75 million people in 192 countries in a dialogue about what they want from the future of air travel. The results are clear: more sustainable; less stressful; and more of it.
FbA is all about our commitment to meeting these evolving needs and encouraging young people to learn how they can help shape that future – their future. It consists of three pillars, all underpinned by existing Research and Technology.
With (1) Future Solutions we are stretching our imagination to showcase some of the innovations in air travel that could take place by the middle of the century to meet evolving passenger trends and environmental demands.
These include a whole new way to fly, as illustrated by our revolutionary Airbus Concept Plane and radical Airbus Concept Cabin; improved air traffic management (ATM) to cut flight time, fuel burn and emissions, as seen with our Smarter Skies; and new energy sources, to better protect and preserve the environment around us.
We are also focusing on the (2) Future Planet, through initiatives to support those tackling the other 98% of manmade. CO2 emissions (aviation being responsible for 2%), such as the 17-20% from deforestation which has a huge impact on biodiversity – the rich variety of a life on earth.
Why? Because Biomimicry – biologically inspired engineering – continues to inspire solutions for greener flight; the natural environment has always been a source of inspiration for our industry, ever since Leonardo da Vinci started drawing planes and helicopters some 500 years ago. Preserving biodiversity is therefore a means of preserving the source of our own future innovation. And of course we want to inspire (3) Future Talent – the passengers and talent of 2050 – to learn how they can join us in our vision and help shape the future of eco-efficient flight.
This includes continuing to attract, nurture and retain the best talent through our global presence; by inspiring young minds through school liaison / outreach programmes; and of course by engaging university students through our global Fly Your Ideas challenge.
At Airbus, we believe that in the future more people should be able to share in the benefits of air travel, that a more connected world can also be a more sustainable world, and that the right combination of technology and talent – along with the right investment, support and cooperation – can make this happen.
Everyone taking part in Airbus Fly Your Ideas is playing their part in creating the Future by Airbus.