Schoolchildren challenged to design plane for the future in easyJet contest

Low cost airline easyJet wants the UK’s brightest pupils to come up their vision for future flying – a zero-emission passenger plane.

The contest is asking UK schoolchildren, aged between seven and 16, to design a passenger plane for travelling across Europe, powered by a sustainable energy source.

The airline, which is helping to pave the way towards operating zero-emission flights, has launched the competition to engage younger generations to the industry. It wants to inspire them to become part of the revolution of future air travel as aircraft designers and engineers.

Families flying with easyJet during the half-term holidays are encouraged to pack their pencil cases, for kids to take inspiration from their flight for their design, and help parents keep them occupied on board.



An easyJet plane being prepared at Gatwick Airport

The competition is open until Friday October 31 and entries should include a drawing of the aircraft design on paper or tablet, complete with notes and descriptions highlighting how it works.

Entries can be submitted via mediacentre.easyjet.com/competition

Designs will be judged and shortlisted in two age categories – age 7 – 11 years and age 12 – 16 years, where a winner and runner-up will be awarded in each category.

Successful designs must consider both technical and creative elements of aircraft and the reasons for including them, such as the materials used, patterns, shapes and colours of the plane, how it will take off and land and most importantly, what sustainable source will power it.

The winning entry will receive a money-can’t-buy prize in the form of a trip to the easyJet Training Centre in London Gatwick and an experience in a full-flight simulator, plus return easyJet flights to anywhere on the airline’s network for the winner’s immediate family, as well as a 3-D model and rendering of their design.

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In addition, the winner of the 12-16 year age category will also win a trip to Airbus.

First Officer, Debbie Thomas, who is one of the judges, said: “At easyJet we are very clear about the imperative to reduce CO2 and to stimulate radical technologies, and zero-emissions flying is our ultimate destination.

“We know the environment is important to all of our customers, including our younger passengers, so we are really excited to launch our Aircraft of the Future competition to engage younger generations in the exciting possibilities of new zero-emission technology for air travel and inspire them to become designers and engineers of the future, who will play a vital role in the industry’s future.”

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