What kind of planes will we ride in 30 years from now? While Airbus not too long ago offered a wild vision full of holographic projections and morphing seats, Boeing is keeping it real after an 18-month-long study on the future of air travel.
So, what can we look forward to? Well, quieter, more efficient planes that don't take as long to take off, according to Boeing. The company is calling the hypothetical plane the "SUGAR Volt," which, according to Boeing, "which includes an electric battery gas turbine hybrid propulsion system." That'll have the aircraft burning up to 70% less fuel, which would mean cheaper energy costs overall. Electronic systems will also be improved, and airplanes will use half the power for their electronics as they do now.
Here it is straight from Boeing:
" one concept known as SUGAR Volt - which includes an electric battery gas turbine hybrid propulsion system - can reduce fuel burn by more than 70 percent and total energy use by 55 percent. This fuel burn reduction and the "greening" of the electrical power grid can greatly reduce emissions of life cycle carbon dioxide and nitrous oxide. Hybrid electric propulsion also has the potential to shorten takeoff distance and reduce noise."
So, airlines, this means cheaper tickets, too, right? Guys? Guys?