Through Hugues-Olivier Dumez
Faced with the “shame of taking the plane”, Airbus takes the bull by the horns. On the occasion of the event Airbus Summit, which took place on September 21 and 22, 2021, in Toulouse, the aircraft manufacturer traced the stages of the progressive decarbonization of its devices.
As a reminder, aviation represents between 2% and 3% of emissions of CO2 in the world. While waiting for the hydrogen tohorizon 2035, Airbus announces several projects to reduce CO2 emissions in air transport. Overview.
# More energy efficient flights
In the project context ALBATROSS, a demonstration flight, between Paris and Toulouse, kicked off the Airbus Summit.
“This project aims to come, by a series of flights through theEurope, the short-term feasibility of more efficient flights in terms of energy, by combining several novelties technical and operational R&D, ”explains Airbus.
As of September 2021, approximately 1,000 flights will be carried out in this context. The first results should be available in 2022.
According to Airbus, a “perfect” flight – with an optimized climb, descent and trajectory of volumes – saves up to 10% of fuel. For example, the simple fact of using the TaxiBot (the airplane tractor) saves “40 kilos of gasoline”.
# CityAirbus, the electric flying taxi
A new flying taxi project CityAirbus Nextgen was unveiled in Toulouse on September 21, 2021 during the Airbus Summit.
The device, entirely electric, could enter service in urban areas from 2025.
If this project is inspired by the first CityAirbus, it is also the result of the demonstrator Vahana. These two prototypes were developed and tested by Airbus from 2016 to 2020, to create a new mode of air transport in the city.
# Towards 100% sustainable fuel?
In March 2021, Airbus announced that it had partnered with several aeronautics players to launch the world’s first in-flight emissions study from a twin-aisle airliner using 100% sustainable aviation fuel (SAF ).
Currently, planes are only certified to fly with a mixture of up to 50% sustainable fuel and fossil kerosene. It is now a question of achieving 100% sustainable fuel.
# More aerodynamic wings
Airbus is inspired by the eagle to save fuel. As part of the Airbus Summit, the aircraft manufacturer has indeed announced the launch of a demonstrator project of extra high performance wing “.
This full-scale demonstrator will consist of and will fly revolutionary wing technologies on a business aircraft platform Cessna Citation VII “In representative flight conditions,” says Airbus.
# Airbus is preparing to recruit new talent
On the sidelines of the Airbus Summit, HRD Thierry Baril returned to the skills shortage in the digital or the cybersecurity, notably. The boss of human resources of Airbus says to be confronted – today more than yesterday – with a “war of the talents”. For some specific skills, the demand from employers is greater than the number of qualified candidates.
If it is still too early to be able to announce thousands of recruitments, as in the years preceding the crisis, Thierry Baril is already preparing his budgetary plans for the next three years. Expectations appear optimistic.
In general, Airbus intends to pursue its desire to diversify hiring. The objective was to reach a quarter of recruitments with profiles that are not directly linked to aeronautics. “Tomorrow, I expect to exceed 30%, or even 40%,” announces Thierry Baril. Concerning the development of the hydrogen plane, “the costing of the needs is not finished”, declares Thierry Baril. – this should not be very representative in terms of volume, with only “a few hundred stations” at the start.
# A hydrogen device by 2035
2035? “We are increasingly confident in achieving this goal,” said the executive chairman Guillaume Faury during the Airbus Summit.
In the fall of 2020, the group launched a program that will end in 2035 with the commissioning of a hydrogen device, without CO2 emissions, with three aircraft concepts.
The 2035 horizon for the entry into service of such a device “is very realistic”. Guillaume Faury reminds us that hydrogen is a raw material already used in many sectors, in particular in the field of rockets.
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