The New Carbon Fibre Plane That Fights Jetlag
Integrating the latest materials and technology, Airbus is unveiling a new plane that is not only optimized, efficient and also extremely lightweight, but also fights one of the most annoying aspects of travel: jet lag.
Called the Airbus A350, Airbus unveiled this new plane design in early 2015, with its first commercial flight, operated by Qatar Airways, taking to the skies earlier this month.
A Lightweight Wonder:
As compared to older models or airbus, this new model features a very different material composition as more than 50% of its body is made out of carbon fibre-reinfoced plastic, resulting in extremely strong, yet lightweight structure. This carbon composite offers the added benefit of extreme durability, as it is much less vulnerable to corrosion than a standard plane, which is typically constructed out of aluminium.
To aid with aerodynamics, this model features a few additional design measures. Inspired by the wings of a bird, this new Airbus including a larger wing that older Airbus planes, measuring approximately 20 % bigger than previous Airbus models with a span about 10% wider. Further to this, the flap system follows the flight path direction, as opposed to the wind direction as is common. This leads to a much smoother flight. On top of this, the plane also includes a highly efficient Rolls Royce engine that offer 35% better fuel efficiency than its competitors.
And as for the dredded jetlag? This new model includes and LED lighting system that alters its colour temperature in line with the sun natural path and is timed to coincide with natural circadian rhythmns. In addtion, the plane’s filtering system changing throughout the plane every 2-3 minutes and cabin pressure is set at a very comfortable 6,000 feet.
In a statement, Airbus explains that the plane design is an open architecture, changing with technology and bringing the design of planes into the future. Airbus believes the plane should be just as efficient, aerodynamic and comfortable at the end of its 30-year projected lifespan as it is today.
All photos via Qatar Airways.