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PitchBook Analyst Note: Blended-Wing-Body Aircraft

Q1 2024

PitchBook Analyst Note: Blended-Wing-Body Aircraft

January 31, 2024

Blended-wing-body aircraft take flight 

The aircraft industry has a carbon emissions problem, but the solution may not be that far off. PitchBook’s latest Emerging Tech Research analyst note examines blended-wing-body aircraft, a design maximizing fuel efficiency that’s been around for decades but is now finding support among startups looking to disrupt the aerospace industry. The note dives into variations on the design, detailing their history, and covers the startups taking on the big incumbents.

Table of contents
Key takeaways 1
The flying wing revisited 2
BWB aircraft and the cost of sustainable fuel 7
Startups versus incumbents 8