WATCH: 4 Attention-grabbing aircraft revealed at Farnborough

2018-07-20 16:30 - Selene Brophy
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Farnborough International has once again seen historic bookings being made by aviation heavyweights - demonstrating once again its role in the future of aviation.

The 2018 airshow also delivered for aviation enthusiasts and plane watchers from near and far, inspiring crowds with aerial displays, interactive virtual- and augmented-reality experiences as well as some exciting aircraft designs and innovations. 

This year Boeing revealed the need for 43 000 planes to meet the expectations of the industry over the next 20 years, while Airbus is pioneering ahead with, among others its Beluga XL cargo plane and solar-drone technology. Often seen as the battle ground between the two industry giants, one things for sure - the future is bright for aviation innovation.

Here are four planes displayed at Farnborough grabbing attention for different reasons:  

Airbus Beluga XL

The Airbus Beluga XL's maiden test flight over Toulouse Airport was live-streamed at Farnborough. The Airbus Beluga XL is a large transport aircraft due to enter into service in 2019 and set to be the successor to the Airbus Beluga.

It looks like its namesake, the beluga whale with a bulbous head and will be used to transport plane parts. It is the first of five planes in its class. and has more capacity than its predecessor - being able to carry some 53 tonnes over 2 531 miles. 

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Aston Martin’s Volante Vision

British sports car maker Aston Martin says the  Volante Vision Concept showcases its exploration into personal air mobility. 

Produced in partnership with Cranfield Aerospace Solutions, Cranfield University and Rolls-Royce, the aircraft with vertical take-off and landing capabilities showcases forward-thinking design ingenuity, says the car maker.  

has joined the likes of Uber, Airbus and Rolls-Royce in a bid to build a short-hop flying vehicle.

Debuting at Farnborough, it will have a three-seat luxury vehicle.  

Describing its signature design Aston Martin says, "With room for three adults, the concept is a near future study that previews a flying autonomous hybrid-electric vehicle for urban and inter-city air travel, providing fast, efficient and congestion free travel.

"The Volante Vision Concept will take full advantage of the latest advances in aerospace, electrification and autonomous technologies, coupled with Aston Martin’s signature design."

Airlander 10 airship

Designed by UK firm Hybrid Air Vehicles, the Airlander 10 Airship unveiled a new “luxury” passenger cabin at Farnborough - bringing with it a 'new ground-breaking capabilities".

Initially described as the bummer, because it looks like one from certain angles, the world's largest aircraft uses innovative technology, combining the best of fixed wing aircraft and helicopters with lighter-than-air technology. This allows it to stay in the air for up to five days at a time. The new luxury passenger cabin is set to hold up to 19 passengers, with the capacity for a three-day expedition.  

In 2016 the aircraft had a minor crash during one of its test flights - setting back its development somewhat. 

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