(14 Mar 2022, 12:03 +07)
Airbus has signed an agreement with Spirit
AeroSystems for the development of CityAirbus NextGen’s wings.
Spirit AeroSystems will be responsible for
developing and manufacturing CityAirbus NextGen’s wings in
Belfast, Northern Ireland.
Both partners’ ambition is to achieve a
minimum weight solution while ensuring the highest levels of
safety. The structural concept of the eVTOL’s fixed wings will be
able to transmit the related aerodynamic loads while being
optimized for the right balance between hover and cruise
efficiency. CityAirbus NextGen’s distributed propulsion system
will contribute to reducing the influence of air turbulence.
Spirit AeroSystems will develop and manufacture CityAirbus NextGen’s wings in Belfast, Northern Ireland
“The partnership with Spirit AeroSystems is an
important step for the development of CityAirbus NextGen and its
wings are key structural components for flight efficiency,” said
Jörg Müller, Head of Urban Air Mobility (UAM) at Airbus. “To build
this vehicle, we are proud to work with Spirit as a strategic
partner who benefits from a proven track record in this field, and
extensive experience in component quality and airworthiness.”
With a significant UK footprint, particularly in
Northern Ireland and Scotland, Spirit AeroSystems is one of the
world’s largest suppliers of aerostructures, and builds on years
of manufacturing expertise in major aircraft components and
Its longstanding relationship with Airbus includes
the provision of fully integrated wings and wing elements for
multiple Airbus commercial aircraft.
The fully electric CityAirbus NextGen is an eVTOL
prototype equipped with fixed wings, a V-shaped tail, and eight
electrically powered propellers as part of its distributed
CityAirbus NextGen is being developed to fly
with an 80km operational range and to reach a cruise speed of 120