The future of air travel is looking brighter than ever, and there are some exciting new innovations underway. The most notable is that many airlines are looking at ways to improve passenger comfort. These new innovations could range from providing more ergonomic seats and space to offering different options for passengers. Other changes include adding amenities such as ‘Cuddle Class’ seating.
The future of air travel will be highly personalized. With 3D printers, passengers could have their favorite dishes printed on the plane. Smart sensors would monitor passengers’ well-being, while superfast connectivity will allow people to do more while in flight. Virtual reality (VR) will also be a huge part of the flying experience. Additionally, cabins will be bigger than ever, with full beds and gyms. Some will even have rooms for kids to play, so they can be entertained while flying.
Airlines must also find ways to monetize their aircraft. In the past, they relied on ancillary revenue by unbundling services or selling a la carte services, such as seat selection and checked bags. But with low passenger numbers, this revenue is virtually non-existent. With this, airlines are turning to other uses for aircraft, like moving medical supplies and personnel.
Another exciting change is the increasing use of technology to improve hygiene at airports. Touchless seats and lavatories are coming, and they can be controlled by your phone. In addition, airports will use facial recognition technology to track passengers through customs and boarding. This technology will help reduce the risk of sickness and injury.
The airline industry needs to be aware of the attitudes of consumers and governments in emerging markets. It should also establish core principles to improve accessibility for older and disabled passengers. This is important because the aging population will require more support for these special needs. It will also need to closely monitor proposals regarding the security cordon surrounding airports.
In addition, consumers are becoming more environmentally aware and concerned about the impacts of air travel. As a result, consumers are more willing to pay more for carbon neutral tickets. This change is expected to reduce carbon emissions by hundreds of millions of tons by 2020. It may also help airlines differentiate themselves from their competitors.
Another exciting development in the field of air travel is supersonic flight. Although it is not yet commercially available, it’s possible to see supersonic aircraft in the air as early as 2021. Companies such as Boeing and LATAM Air are already implementing sustainability strategies to improve their operations and reduce their impact on the environment. Eventually, supersonic flight could become the standard mode of air travel.
The technology to improve air travel isn’t just coming, but it’s here to stay. Electric air taxis will soon become common, and autonomous air taxis may soon follow. As the technology improves, more people will be able to enjoy air travel.