Lighter flight with plastic planes?

If you’re scared of flying how would you feel boarding a plastic plane powered by a battery? Well aerophobics can breathe easy as it’s a way away. But a new […]

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By Jacqueline Echevarria

If you’re scared of flying how would you feel boarding a plastic plane powered by a battery?

Well aerophobics can breathe easy as it’s a way away. But a new idea from global plane giant Airbus, is looking seriously into the concept of planes made not from aluminium but composite materials – in essence different kinds of plastic, to cut down on emissions.

Airbus has even looked at replacing jet engines with batteries to give the lighter planes the power needed to take to the skies.

Although the production of plastic generates more than twice the emissions of aluminium, scientists say these are quickly offset when the plane is flying.

It is also said plastic planes could reduce emissions globally by up to 15%.

To make the plane more efficient, the company proposes to remove the flight deck, so pilots would work from cameras and other instruments rather than looking from the window.

The Airbus concept plane will never fly but is intended to provoke the debate into making flying much more environmentally friendly.