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Airbus Reveals Transparent Plane For 2050

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Airbus Concept Plane

While it’s not a type of technology you’re going to be able to get your hands on any time soon, we here at TrustedReviews like to do a bit of future gazing from time to time and the Airbus Concept Plane is something we felt we had to tell you about. In the lead up to the Paris Air Show next week, Airbus has unveiled details of its vision for the future of aviation.

The Airbus Concept Plane is what the company believes we will be traversing the globe in come 2050. The most immediate change you’ll notice in the concept drawings released by Airbus is the almost transparent nature of the frame. The “bionic” frame of the Concept Plane was inspired by the super-lightweight bones of birds though what the struts are made out of is not clear.

Airbus Concept Plane

The structure will give passengers an amazing view of the world around them though fot those with a fear of heights, this may not seem like a step in the right direction. There will be an exterior skin of dimmable glass around the plane, which can be made more or less transparent depending on the time of day.

Airbus Concept Plane

The transparent nature of the plane’s structure is just one of the radical changes we will be seeing in aviation by 2050, according to Airbus. The plane will also have numerous different zones and will do away with the stack ‘em high attitude of economy travel we have nowadays. Among the zones will be areas for work, rest and play: "Passengers in 2050 could join an interactive conference, enjoy a game of virtual golf, or read the kids back home a bedtime story whilst watching the planet spread out beneath their feet.”

Airbus Concept Plane

And even your seat will be futuristic with intelligent neural networks allowing the seat to morph and conform to your body shape. There’ll be “vitamin and antioxidant-enriched air, mood lighting, aromatherapy and acupressure treatments" – which makes us think the cost of a ticket could be a little bit on the pricey side.

Airbus Concept Plane

For those looking for more immediate upgrades in their flying experience, Samsung and American Airlines have announced a partnership whereby first-class passengers will get the use of a Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 on selected routes. It’s not neural networked morphing seats, but at least you’ll be able to play Angry Birds.

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Sam Sams

June 14, 2011, 3:41 pm

One striking thing about civil aviation is how airliners of today look fairly similar to how they did 60 years ago. All kinds of new and novel wing designs have been proposed - and yet the A380 has a wing and tailplane that is superficially the same as the 1949 de Havilland Comet.

To paraphrase one famous aircraft designer (I think it was Messerschmitt): "Ideas are cheap as blueberries". Or putting it another way: yeah, right!


June 14, 2011, 3:55 pm

"will do away with the stack 'em high attitude of economy travel we have nowadays."

How exactly do they plan to do away with this business model? Or are they keeping the most important technological advance secret - the ability to widen profit margins?

Hamish Campbell

June 14, 2011, 4:30 pm

Haha, usual story. These plane concepts always have pie in the sky ideas like swivel chairs, a bar (!) or other common areas where one could mingle etc. And as usual not a single plane will have that configuration, instead all airlines will pass on the bar and put in whole lots more seats. Funny that.

Anyway, I for one would rather cheaper tickets and less luxury, especially when one considers how short an amount of time one is on-board. And yes that includes my 11 + 9 + 1.5 hour flights to get back to NZ to visit the family.

I'm afraid the best you can hope for is the 'sky bed' from AirNZ, which is not a bad little idea.

Hey, should be strapped in at all times anyway, turbulance and virtual golf don't really mix.


June 16, 2011, 9:55 am

The progression of commercial flight may quickly take another great leap, if Airbus has something to say about this. Reports indicate that the aircraft manufacturer plans by 2050 to establish a see-through jet supported almost totally by passenger body warmth. First class seats will no longer exist, either, such is the future. I found this here: Airbus introduces transparent plane powered by body heat

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