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Airbus today officially unveiled three concepts for the world’s first zero-emission commercial aircraft, which could enter service by 2035, that each represent a different approach to achieving zero-emission flight. All three of the aircraft use hydrogen as a primary power source, an option that Airbus believes holds exceptional promise as a clean aviation fuel as well as being a solution for aerospace and many other industries to meet their climate-neutral targets. Read more for a video and additional information.
The blended-wing body aircraft can seat up to 200 passengers comfortably, and its wings merge with the main body of the aircraft. Its range is similar to that of the turbofan concept, while an exceptionally wide fuselage opens up multiple options for hydrogen storage, distribution, and cabin layout.
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This is a historic moment for the commercial aviation sector as a whole and we intend to play a leading role in the most important transition this industry has ever seen. The concepts we unveil today offer the world a glimpse of our ambition to drive a bold vision for the future of zero-emission flight. I strongly believe that the use of hydrogen – both in synthetic fuels and as a primary power source for commercial aircraft – has the potential to significantly reduce aviation’s climate impact,” said Guillaume Faury, Airbus CEO.