On Wednesday 22nd May 2019, Airbus signed a joint research project in Toulouse with SAS Scandinavian Airlines for hybrid and electric aircraft.
The challenge is immense. Air transport is already responsible for 2% to 3% of global CO2 emissions . And the growth of air traffic is expected to more than double over the next 20 years …
A research project
Faced with the “shame of taking the plane”, a movement born in Sweden, Airbus sets the goal of delivering airplanes capable of flying without polluting emissions within ten years.
On Wednesday, May 22, 2019, the aerospace giant signed a joint research project with SAS Scandinavian Airlines . It is a memorandum of understanding for research on ecosystems and infrastructure for hybrid and electric aircraft . The collaboration will begin in June.
The Memorandum of Understanding was signed by Grazia Vittadini , Chief Technology Officer, Airbus, and Göran Jansson , Executive Vice President, Strategy and Enterprise, Scandinavian.
2 litres per 100 per passenger
The aircraft manufacturer recalls that current aircraft have a fuel consumption per kilometre “about 80% lower” than that of aircraft, 50 years ago. The A320neo , for example, emits around 20% less CO2 emissions than its predecessor. This aircraft has a kerosene consumption of 2 litres per 100 per passenger .
Let’s also remember that Airbus is already investing in the development of hybrid-electric and electric propulsion technologies. Airbus has already started building a portfolio of technology demonstrators (CityAirbus and E-Fan X) and is testing “innovative hybrid systems, subsystems and propulsion components to meet long-term efficiency goals for the future.” construction and operation of electric aircraft “.