Airbus selects partners to develop rear structure of CityAirbus NextGen

Airbus is partnering with KLK Motorsport and Modell- und Formenbau Blasius Gerg to design, develop and manufacture the rear structure of CityAirbus NextGen.

The companies will work together to develop an ultra-lightweight rear fuselage, which plays a key role in the airframe’s flight efficiency and meets the high reliability and performance standards of the electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) prototype ) from Airbus.

The two partners will design high-end composite solutions and components that will equip the rear structure of CityAirbus NextGen, through a collaborative framework allowing them to mutually benefit from each company’s skills in design engineering and manufacturing processes.

Joerg Mueller, Head of Urban Air Mobility at Airbus, said: “The partnership with KLK Motorsport and Gerg will provide CityAirbus NextGen with a fully integrated, ultra-lightweight rear fuselage. Interacting directly with the central fuselage and wing, the rear structure will draw on both suppliers’ expertise in seamless design for formula and Formula 1 vehicles, while meeting safety and reliability standards. the strictest.

KLK Motorsport and Gerg have been working on end-to-end composite design and manufacturing solutions for several years. This partnership to develop the rear structure of CityAirbus NextGen is a continuation of the work undertaken by the two suppliers on the Airbus Racer high-speed demonstrator, for which KLK Motorsport and Gerg provided an innovative carbon fiber canopy, optimized for a shallow aerodynamic draft and high visibility.

In September 2021, Airbus unveiled its eVTOL CityAirbus NextGen prototype, to explore advanced air mobility technologies and bring urban air mobility services to life. In recent months, the Company has selected partners for the structural components of its prototype, such as Thales and Diehl, which will develop the aircraft’s flight control computers, or Spirit AeroSystems for its wings. Airbus is also working closely with industrial and institutional partners to lead the development of urban air mobility ecosystems, as recently announced with ITA Airways in Italy, or through the launch of the Air Mobility Initiative in Germany.