News roundup from the Paris Air Show

Low-emission and sustainable: Concepts for flight of the future dominated discussions at the aviation industry’s most important event of the year

07.2019 | Text: Eleonore Fähling

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Eleonore Fähling has been on the AEROREPORT editorial team since 2014 and in charge of the MTU employee magazine since 1999. As an aerospace journalist, she specializes in aviation history and market topics.

Off to dream beaches with the Dreamliner: Air Tahiti Nui’s 787-9 with GEnx engines brought a touch of South Sea flair to Paris. Hover over the image for a bigger view

Off to dream beaches with the Dreamliner: Air Tahiti Nui’s 787-9 with GEnx engines brought a touch of South Sea flair to Paris.

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Off to dream beaches with the Dreamliner: Air Tahiti Nui’s 787-9 with GEnx engines brought a touch of South Sea flair to Paris.

A new name for Mitsubishi’s regional jet: Going forward, the larger version will be marketed as the SpaceJet M90. Hover over the image for a bigger view

A new name for Mitsubishi’s regional jet: Going forward, the larger version will be marketed as the SpaceJet M90.

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A new name for Mitsubishi’s regional jet: Going forward, the larger version will be marketed as the SpaceJet M90.

The Embraer E195-E2 “Profit Hunter” came this time as a “Tech Lion.” Hover over the image for a bigger view

The Embraer E195-E2 “Profit Hunter” came this time as a “Tech Lion.”

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The Embraer E195-E2 “Profit Hunter” came this time as a “Tech Lion.”

Twenty-three parties signed the declaration of intent for the follow-up program to Clean Sky 2. Hover over the image for a bigger view

Twenty-three parties signed the declaration of intent for the follow-up program to Clean Sky 2.

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Twenty-three parties signed the declaration of intent for the follow-up program to Clean Sky 2.

Blue was everywhere you looked at the 2019 Paris Air Show: in the dark blue of visitors’ suits and uniforms, the blue of the sky (which most days stretched cloudlessly over the airfield northeast of Paris), and the blue of many aircraft liveries, such as Air Tahiti Nui’s 787-9, which brought a touch of South Sea flair to the exhibition grounds. The base color of most aircraft and the outer walls of many tents and chalets shone white. And Mitsubishi’s freshly painted SpaceJet M90, which made its debut in Paris under this new name, set a red accent to complete the three elements of the French tricolor flag.

Aiming at decarbonization,

With its fuel-efficient, lower-emission and quiet geared turbofan engines, the M90 is as modern as Embraer’s E195-E2; the Profit Hunter model once again featured new livery, this time a “Tech Lion.” But if the aviation sector is to achieve its Flightpath target of cutting CO₂ emissions in half by 2050, industry and research now have to develop appropriate technological solutions. That’s something everyone agrees on—and was also the main topic of discussion at the trade fair and in the media.

“Decarbonization” is the new buzzword for sustainable flying, a goal to which 23 representatives of companies and institutions from all over Europe have committed themselves, including MTU Aero Engines. In Paris the representatives signed a declaration of intent for the follow-up program to Clean Sky 2, part of the EU’s ongoing Horizon 2020 program. Horizon 2020 will be succeeded by the European Commission’s follow-up research and innovation funding program Horizon Europe, which is set to run through 2028. Aviation will again be a key component.

Slideshow

Impressions

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The MTU booth’s exhibition area with the interactive technology exhibit.

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A model of the Silent Air Taxi, in which MTU wants to participate.

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In all its glory: The static display at the 2019 Paris Air Show.

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An aerial view of the MTU Aero Engines booth.

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Always a highlight of the air show: The Patrouille de France in tricolor livery.

Thinking far ahead into the future

One MTU highlight at the show was an interactive exhibit presenting concepts for evolutionary and revolutionary engine improvements up to 2050. “It’s very refreshing to see a company that thinks so far ahead into the future,” said Sash Tusa, aviation analyst at Agency Partners LLP. One of these ideas for the future is the hybrid-electric Silent Air Taxi for up to four passengers. The aircraft is a creation of e.SAT GmbH, a company founded by RWTH Aachen University. Starting in 2024, the air taxi is intended to relieve traffic in urban areas. “We see this as a promising concept that has a very high chance of becoming reality,” said MTU COO Lars Wagner. “It fits perfectly into our technology initiative on alternative drives, so we are investing our expertise and funds in the company.”

... and still more orders

Still, the race for the best order numbers, especially between Airbus and Boeing, heated up at the 2019 Paris Air Show as usual. Although Airbus was able to book more orders, Boeing flew home with the largest single order: IAG signed a letter of intent for 200 of the 737-8 jets, thus sending a signal of confidence.

MTU’s benefit from aircraft orders came about primarily through its stake in the geared turbofan engines for short- and medium-haul aircraft. It remains to be seen to what extent the company will participate in the 231 orders for the A321XLR, the long-haul version of the A320neo that Airbus presented during the show, as most engine decisions have not yet been made.

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