What’s the Next Big Change in Aviation Industry?

At the heart of our society and economy are the pillars of transportation: air, land, and water. Trade, health care, and education are just some of the commodities and services that may be accessed through these networks of people and places. Efficient and fast air, land and marine transportation is becoming a need in today’s global society. This, meanwhile, raises the question of long-term viability. Sustainable Mobility for All (SuM4All) comes to the rescue here. A Roadmap of Actions customised to nations and localities to execute on a voluntary basis is the first time that the transport sector and its modes of transportation have been able to speak with one voice. All kinds of transportation, including aircraft, are covered by the SuM4All. Access to nations and cities is made easier by aviation, which enhances multi-layered efficiency in travel and places safety and security at the forefront of the trip experience.

In addition, reinventing mobility necessitates innovation in technology and processes (e.g., through rethinking travel efficiency). New business models and mobility services are made possible by cutting-edge technology, such as driverless vehicles and lightweight materials. Aviation is rife with new technologies, including unmanned aircraft, artificial intelligence, biometrics, robotics, block chain, alternative fuels, and electric planes. Air travel is therefore perfectly situated to support the innovation debate and its possible effects on new mobility.

Innovations in aviation will have a ripple effect on other modes of transportation and the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for 2030.  Whether it’s moving people or shipping cargo, these proposals provide a glimpse into what the future may hold. As John Jarrell, the Head of Airport IT at Amadeus, explains:

There’s an opportunity for digital technology to deliver real and tangible benefits to passengers. With improvements to flight management processing they are likely to see fewer delays and rates of baggage reconciliation are likely to improve. With end-to-end biometrics, transitioning through the airport is likely to become a much better experience for the passenger, where you effectively just walk into the airport and it’s a seamless and touch-free process all the way onto the aircraft.”

The digital wave has had a rippling effect throughout sectors and organisations, and the aviation industry is no exception. It’s not, however, one of the digital revolution’s pioneers. As a result, it is simply responding to the new wave of technology and following the trends to keep up with the wants and expectations of today’s modern travellers. Low-cost airlines have been the preferred mode of transportation for travellers in recent years. From the time they plan their trip to the moment they arrive at their destination, today’s travellers demand a totally tailored experience. Customers in the aviation business can benefit from Sentiment Analysis, which can be used to discover what they want and how they want it.

The COVID-19 pandemic’s effects are far from ended. Even while immunizations have begun in several areas of the world, it will be years before air travel has fully recovered from this outbreak. As the post-COVID-19 airline industry becomes clearer, there are lessons to be learned by airlines today. Long-term trends like digitalization and the phase-out of inefficient aeroplanes have been accelerated. However, there are some bright spots in the forecast. Many individuals are looking forward to taking vacations again as travelling becomes more environmentally friendly. Taking action now can help airlines succeed in a rapidly changing industry. In its latest analysis, “Future of the Airline Business 2035”, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) assessed the technologies and elements that will decide how the aviation industry will shape up. 

New manufacturing processes, virtual and augmented reality (VR/AR), IoT (Internet of Things), big data and alternative fuels and energy sources are among the technologies that will shape the aviation industry in the years to come according to a new analysis.

At peak periods, air travel has a reputation for being tight, unpleasant, and pricey.  As a major contributor to the greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change, it is also an important factor. However, as a result of these advancements, air travel is expected to become more economical, more pleasant and more ecologically friendly in the coming several decades.

Due to the usage of kerosene as a fuel in modern planes, aviation accounts for 3.6% of EU greenhouse gas emissions. Hydrogen-powered planes might join the market as soon as 2035, according to a recent estimate, and those jets could transport hundreds more passengers per journey than regular flights, with a cleaner source of energy.

In order to carry as many passengers as possible without compromising on the quality of service, airlines are always seeking for new solutions. Improvements such as double-decker economy seats, which provide passengers with extra legroom while also increasing airline capacity, may be on the horizon in the near future.

As data becomes more accessible to the general public, the private sector is better able to make well-informed judgments. Consumer behaviour may now be predicted using big data in conjunction with artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML). An effective strategy that is very likely to be implemented requires the use of data mining tools, which are becoming increasingly important in the digital era.

According to a recent industry assessment, AI in aviation is expected to grow at a CAGR of 46.4% by 2023. Passengers are getting a tailored experience thanks to the application of AI. The digital interactions between airlines and passengers are becoming increasingly personalised, optimised, and scaled up because to advances in artificial intelligence. Passengers’ social emotion is being used to assist the airline sector tailor their services to the demands of their customers.

Pilotless planes may soon be a reality because to recent technological advances that are making robots smarter. A plane may fly its whole voyage without the need for human intervention because to the combination of hybrid RPA and artificial intelligence (AI). Auto-pilot mode is still in use today, with manual pilots only assuming control of the plane during takeoff and landing. However, given the inherent dangers and uncertainties of flying, it is exceedingly improbable that any future flights would be operated entirely by automatic pilots. During an emergency, a human pilot is required to fly the plane and ensure its safety because machines are unreliable.