Airbus’ Mono-Wing Plane Concept
Ramping up its sustainability efforts, European aircraft manufacturer Airbus has unveiled a new concept aircraft design that could use 20% less fuel than current commercial jets. The new solution, dubbed ‘Maveric’, blends the wings with the body of the plane – a design usually only seen in military aircraft.
The twin engines of the fin-shaped plane are mounted on top of the fuselage, instead of below the wings like most traditional commercial planes. The benefits of this blended design include a stronger structure, a lighter-weight body and quieter engines, as well as less air drag thanks to a more streamlined shape.
According to the manufacturer, the wider aircraft would also allow for more open, less congested, and more malleable cabin space with larger aisles and additional leg room.
The plane is currently in the concept stage, and joins a host of other potential aircraft design ideas intended to reduce the carbon impact of air travel – see Airbus Looks to Nature for its New Eco Design Concept, KLM Designs V-Shaped Eco Plane and Reimagining the Flight of the Future.
As awareness of the environmental damage of regular travel widens, consumer demand for cleaner modes of travel will only increase. Read Ethical Travel’s Mainstream Breakthrough for more context around this changing paradigm.