• Gennette Cordova

New Airbus MAVERIC designed for fuel efficiency

Airbus SE unveiled a model of futuristic-looking aircraft with a blended-wing body designed to reduce fuel consumption at the Singapore Air Show on Tuesday.

The 2-meter long demonstrator model, which the Toulouse-based aircraft manufacturer has nicknamed MAVERIC, for Model Aircraft for Validation and Experimentation of Robust Innovative Controls, features two rear-mounted twin engines and was test flown in France in June 2019.

As sustainability in the aviation industry becomes more imperative, the push for aircraft designers to develop more fuel-efficient aircraft is increasing. According to Airbus, MAVERIC has the potential to deliver approximately 20% less fuel burn, compared with current single-aisle models with the same engine.

"Initially, many dismissed the MAVERIC project as merely a 'hobby' or, in other words, a project Airbus wouldn't learn very much from," said Adrien Berard, co-leader of the MAVERIC project, in a press release. "So, we had to prove them wrong by showing that we could deliver a very sound basis for future aircraft configuration."

If brought to market, Airbus believes an aircraft with the MAVERIC design could improve the passenger experience as the cabin layout offers more legroom and larger aisles. The shielded engine, which is mounted above the plane’s central body, is expected to result in notable noise reduction.

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