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Paris, France - The French government revealed its plans to support the Aerospace sector of the country. The package covers a €15 billion fund, including the French flag carrier Air France and the aircraft manufacturer Airbus.
The support package dictates the French aerospace industry to invest in new technologies and products. Among all, the one draws the most attention. French government Airbus to develop a successor for A320neo family jets.

Within this scope, the future commercial aircraft should be 30% more efficient in fuel consumption and be able to use only biofuel or even hydrogen. The goal to be complete a prototype between 2026 and 2028 and put into service in 2033

Airbus is already studying a new generation of aircraft to replace the A320neo, currently the most successful narrowbody jet on the market. Recently, a planemaker job vacancy announcement cited this new aircraft among the assignments of new employees requested by the company.

Hybrid plane to replace ATR

The French plan also outlines other aircraft, including a regional aircraft that can use hybrid electric or hydrogen propulsion. Possibly a successor to the successful ATR turboprop, the new aircraft is expected to enter into operation in 2030.

Other projects include a hybrid replacement for Airbus’ H125 helicopter, a business jet, high-performance drones and even more modern air traffic systems.

The French aerospace industry includes traditional companies in the sector such as Dassault, Safran, Thales and Airbus itself, and its survival means keeping thousands of jobs.

It remains, however, to understand how the French government’s investment will be received by its partner countries, such as Germany, which is a partner in several projects in the country.
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