As fuel prices play a major role in dictating prices to airlines, NASA has asked MIT to design a small aircraft which will consume less fuel. After a few years there is Double Bubble - a small passenger plane of the future.
The aircraft has a wide hull, engines in the rear, reduced wingspan and back facing nose cone.
The capacity is 180 seats, and the plane would spend 70% less fuel than a standard Boeing 737. With it, there would be much less polluted air and less noise.
NASA believes that the plane will be ready for flight in 2035, when it is supposed that the air traffic well be doubled. Engineers will probably create a test model that will be tested this summer.
“Green” air-crafts are on the horizon. This is not the first time that we have a story on aircraft that consumes much less fuel. The prices of kerosene have increased dramatically since the recession of the 2008.
In the last three years, prices have reached the highest value, and taking into account the decline in travel and booking of flights, airlines earn only about 2.4%.
If the air-crafts are flying to drive renewables, bio-fuels and “green diesel”, it would reduce the cost of travel, and thus ticket prices. In total, all together would greatly improve the business because of increase of airline profits.