Bombardier Rolls Out Second EcoJet Blended-Wing Prototype, Pushing Future of Aviation

Aerospace manufacturer Bombardier has announced a key step forward in the development of its fuel-efficient Ecojet aircraft design. The company recently debuted the second test-flight prototype of the advanced blended-wing jet, bringing it closer to commercial availability.

The pioneering Ecojet combines the wings and body into one aerodynamic surface to significantly improve fuel burn. Bombardier states this blended-wing shape reduces drag and provides an 18 percent smaller footprint compared to traditional jets.

Construction of the second Ecojet prototype began in 2021 at Bombardier’s facility in Toronto. In January 2023, the model successfully rolled out sporting a polished carbon composite airframe. Ground tests are underway, leading up to the advanced jet’s first flight in 2024.

Bombardier aims to have the Ecojet certified by 2026. The aircraft is projected to cut fuel consumption by up to 25 percent compared to existing jets in its class. Major cost savings are also expected from reduced maintenance needs.

The Ecojet’s composite wings flex and smooth air-flow, while Pratt & Whitney geared turbofans provide fuel-sipping propulsion. The 100-seat cabin interior will offer passengers a spacious, comfortable ride.

“The second prototype accelerates momentum on this flagship project that rewrites the rulebook for sustainable aviation,” said Éric Martel, Bombardier’s CEO.

Once in service, the Ecojet is expected to appeal to airlines seeking to lower operating expenses and environmental impact. Bombardier is banking on its innovative design to disrupt traditional aircraft manufacturing.

With rising fuel prices and climate change concerns, the aviation industry needs breakthrough technologies like Bombardier’s blended-wing jet. The Ecojet could spearhead a new generation of ultra-efficient air travel for passengers and airlines alike.

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