Airbus reveals futuristic 'blended wing' concept

(CNN) - Airbus has revealed a futuristic “blended wing” aircraft design.

The European aircraft maker has released a new curved design that promises to cut fuel consumption up to 20%. | Source: CNN

The company says the design could cut fuel consumption by up to 20 percent.

Airbus rolled out a model of its small-scale, remote-controlled aircraft demonstrator on Feb. 11. The demonstrator, called MAVERIC, is two meters long and 3.2 meters wide. The company says the unusual configuration opens up new cabin design possibilities.

Airbus says testing has been underway since June 2019 and will continue in 2020. A company VP says “there is no specific timeline for entry into service.”

According to Airbus, MAVERIC helps accelerate the understanding of new aircraft configurations.

The European aircraft maker is not the first to explore blended wing designs. In 2007, Boeing and NASA created a blended wing body prototype called X-48B. Last year, Dutch airline KLM announced it was funding the development of a V-shaped design.

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