So far, it's just an idea
Posted 07.21.2010 at 2:30 pm 9 Comments
Concept Plane Airbus unveiled this 2030 concept plane at the 2010 Farnborough International Airshow. Airbus
The aviation firm unveiled its 2030 Concept Plane earlier this week, which includes dreams of a self-cleaning cabin; extra-long, slim wings; a U-shaped tail; and an intelligent fuselage designed to improve efficiency.
Airbus acknowledges the plane is somewhat a flight of fancy, but it’s worth imagining how aviation would look if advancements in existing technologies “continue apace,” as the company puts it.
Some of the concepts:
- Smart seats made from plant fibers, which could change shape to offer a comfortable fit
- See-through walls that offer passengers a 360-degree view
- Fuel cells, “cryo-power,” and even human body heat to provide power
- Self-cleaning materials that use beads of water to remove dirt and pathogens
- Holographic projections of virtual decors, allowing travelers to transform their private cabin into an office, bedroom or Zen garden
He even suggests flying cruise ships, complete with casinos and entertainment, which might generate enough revenue to make the tickets free.
Here's hoping these planes of the future look as cool as this design.
[Airbus via Smart Planet]
Concept Plane Engines: The Airbus concept plane has embedded engines, a U-shaped tail and a smart fuselage intended to improve energy efficiency. Airbus