Why fly solo? The power of partnerships

e-systems Airbus concept

In order to build a better future, you must be an idealist – luckily we are not the only ones.

Open collaboration with the best partners is allowing us to accelerate the future of flight. It underpins our approach in delivering new technologies and systems, fast.


At our E-Aircraft Systems Test Lab, we have collaborated with Siemens to do exactly this. Together we have sourced a 200-strong team of curious and brilliant minds to advance engine technology that will enable radically more efficient propulsion systems. Our joint roadmap has projects that a 100-seater hybrid-electric aircraft will be able to cover 1000 km by 2030.

Our shared aims are ambitious, and cannot be achieved using conventional technologies. In combining with Siemens we are accelerating the development of various propulsion systems with power classes ranging from a few 100 kilowatts up to 10 plus megawatts, powering transformational projects from urban air mobility to international hybrid-electric flight.


And technology partnerships work – in July 2015, we partnered with Palantir to investigate potential solutions for value creation through production and aircraft data. From this partnership devolved five projects ranging from planning to predictive maintenance. Real-life data-driven solutions coming out from this collaboration are helping our industry grasp the transformative impact of digitisation.

Microsoft Hololens

Adopting innovative technologies to augment our teams is also a key area of focus. Our partnership agreement with Microsoft gives us extended access to the Hololens AR headsets before their commercial release. This mixed reality technology brings virtual objects into the physical world, making them appear and behave as solid objects. This has huge potential for disruption, and so we’re using this partnership to rapidly understand its potential impact and benefits to the aerospace industry.

This partnership has already brought about tangible solutions at different stages of the production process from planning to testing. The long-term impact in bringing mobility and new ways to connect users to digital information – and therefore its scope in speeding up decision-making – is what we are in the process of developing. Our partnerships will get us there, sooner.

We’re building the future of flight, and intelligent partnerships are just one of the ways we are getting there.