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In pictures: Airbus new game-changing 'blended wing body' concept aircraft

MAVERIC's blended wing body design could generate up to 20% fuel savings and significantly improve the passenger experience thanks to its exceptionally spacious cabin layout.

In pictures: Airbus new game-changing 'blended wing body' concept aircraft

Airbus revealed MAVERIC (Model Aircraft for Validation and Experimentation of Robust Innovative Controls) its blended wing body, an aircraft demonstrator unveiled at Singapore Air Show 2020.

In pictures: Airbus new game-changing 'blended wing body' concept aircraft

Launched in 2017, MAVERIC first took to the skies in June 2019.

In pictures: Airbus new game-changing 'blended wing body' concept aircraft

Since then the flight-test campaign has been on-going and will continue until the end of Q2 2020.

In pictures: Airbus new game-changing 'blended wing body' concept aircraft

MAVERIC features a disruptive aircraft design, that has the potential to reduce fuel consumption by up to 20% compared to current single-aisle aircraft.

In pictures: Airbus new game-changing 'blended wing body' concept aircraft

At 2 metres long and 3.2 metres wide, with a surface area of about 2.25m².

In pictures: Airbus new game-changing 'blended wing body' concept aircraft

The “blended wing body” configuration also opens up new possibilities for propulsion systems type and integration, as well as a versatile cabin for a totally new on-board passenger experience.

In pictures: Airbus new game-changing 'blended wing body' concept aircraft

But someday soon, passengers may find themselves travelling in an aircraft that looks nothing like the ones seen on today’s runways.

In pictures: Airbus new game-changing 'blended wing body' concept aircraft

One specific challenge was to assess the low-speed and stall dynamics.