The French giant Airbus proposed its own version of an innovative aircraft on the eve, showing a prototype of a regional passenger aircraft called Bird of Prey. The device got its name not by chance, since outwardly it really resembles a bird of prey.
The airliner, made according to the high-plan scheme, is capable of receiving 80 passengers on board and flying at a distance of up to 1500 km. Both wings of the aircraft bend strongly at the base and are attached to the fuselage separately (unlike traditional high-wing planes). Under each of them two hybrid turboprop engines are installed. But this is not all: the wingtips and the tail, which does not have a vertical stabilizer, are equipped with moving elements of different lengths that resemble bird feathers and allow you to control the roll.
According to the developers, the use of such unusual design solutions, coupled with the installation of an efficient hybrid engine, would reduce fuel consumption by up to 50%, compared with similar aircraft.
However, despite the above advantages, the company is not going to establish mass production of the presented concept. However, ideas and Technology, which were used to create it, can find application in future aircraft models from Airbus.