Airbus showed a prototype and parts of an air taxi, and plans to certify it by 2025.
The new NextGen air taxi looks like a hybrid lift and cruise design: it has six vertical lift arms that are on short arms. There are two rotors at the rear for extra lift – part of the V-tail design.
The plane has only four seats and one of them will be occupied by the pilot, but the company plans to make its development fully autonomous. The maximum flight speed is 120 km / h and the range is 80 km. After the aircraft has covered this distance, it needs to fully recharge its lithium-ion battery.
All these indicators, in comparison with competitors, for example EVTOL, are quite average. Perhaps this configuration is specifically designed for flights within the same city.
The design, according to the company, creates a noise level of 70 dB during the planting phase, which can be compared to a conventional vacuum cleaner. Airbus does not plan to provide transportation services, but intends to sell aircraft to service providers.