Paris Air Show 2023: Industry embraces sustainable future with latest AAM technology

Rain failed to dampen the enthusiasm for a sustainable future on day four of a very wet Paris Air Show.

The development of new forms of advanced air mobility was…

Rain failed to dampen the enthusiasm for a sustainable future on day four of a very wet Paris Air Show.

The development of new forms of advanced air mobility was apparent throughout the site, with TE Connectivity having developed a range of lighter, advanced interconnects and cabling that will make a significant contribution to weight reductions in UAM aircraft.

UK exhibitor Arc Aero Systems showed off a 9-seater VTOL which has its heritage in a three-seater gyrocopter design from the 1960s.

Arc bought the rights and is using the already certificated technology to bring the competitor-to-helicopters to market.

Sustainable flight

Deutsche Aircraft also introduced the D328 eco with 25% more capacity than the 28-seat Dornier 328 regional turbo prop, while promising a 14% decrease in fuel consumption and significant more comfort.

Elsewhere, China Airlines announced an order for 17 GEnx-1B engines and spares to power its growing fleet of Boeing 787 Dreamliner commercial jets. The order also includes a comprehensive services agreement.

Riyadh Air also signed a deal for 90 GEnx-1B engines to power its new fleet. The order also includes spare engines and a TrueChoice services agreement.

Tony Douglas, chief executive officer of Riyadh Air said: “The agreement highlights our determination to significantly extend Saudi Arabia’s connectivity with the world and fulfil our goal of connecting to 100 destinations by 2030. We look forward to fostering strong strategic relationships within the wider aviation ecosystem as we continue to shape our new digitally native airline to become one of the most sustainable and guest- centric carriers in the world.”

Newest seating solution

Recaro Aircraft Seating unveiled its newest seating solution to increase cabin efficiency on Airbus aircraft.
The first-of-its-kind overwing exit seat, the X-Tend Seat, allows for an increased pax count while maintaining the 13-inch EASA & FAA requirement for passeway.

The X-Tend Seat targets short and mid-range economy cabin configurations for narrowbody Airbus aircraft. With an easy-to-use extended seat bottom, the X-Tend Seat offers passengers a premium seating experience while simultaneously increasing passenger efficiency throughout the cabin.

And Saab presented its newly launched deployable digital tower at Paris Air Show that provides high availability, mission-to-mission modularity and flexibility for remote air traffic control operations.

The r-TWR Deployable includes everything needed for air traffic management at an established or temporary landing strip and can be rapidly transported by road or rail on one or two standardised trailers, or in a cargo aircraft of C-130 Hercules size.
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