Future of the Industry: What will be the Next Move?
The industry is responding to new technologies. Automation and robotic precision
are being highly used in the construction of aircraft engines and airframe painting.
As big aircraft manufacturers are willing to optimize orders delivery to cope with demand, the future of 3D printing seems to have a reasonable usage within the industry. Around 1000 parts of airbus A350 XWB were 3D printed, in aerospace, Blue Origin 3D printing has accelerated the design process, replacing parts that used to take a year or more to source with parts made in-house in just a couple of months.
Additional benefits from 3D printing will be represented in CO2 emission, wasted and cost reductions. Other Initiative to reduce environmental impact that can be further utilize is Circular Economy, a system aimed at eliminating waste and the continual use of resources. All waste should become inputs for another project.
For instance, Air France-KLM Group adopted a circular economy strategy since 2015. The airlines redesigned catering services to separate the waste correctly and KLM uniforms and old Business class carpeting were recycled into fibres used to manufacture the carpets for the New World Business Class. As resources can be even more limited and the environment drives change in the industry, airlines are targeting sustainability goals to comply with new regulations and to attract environmentally conscious users.
In terms of the future demand of aviation services, Africa is a promising market, Sub-Saharan Africa is already witnessing rapid urbanization, with important achievements on infrastructure and economy growth. Within the next 25 years, the urban population is projected to increase by 24 million annually.
Besides, IATA projects that the African continent will become one of the fastest-growing aviation regions in the world by 2040
While Africa boom is approaching, IATA has identifed that The Asia Pacific region will be the biggest driver of demand from 2015 to 2035 with more than half of the new passenger traffic coming from the region
On the customer side, Artificial Intelligence (AI) would play a big role in enhancing personalization and improving customer experience in the sector. AI currently helps travel agents to analyze customer insights, preferences, location, budget, eating habits, popular destinations to deliver personalized travel experiences. AI application is well- utilized for the identification process and to detect potential threats and Identity Fraud.
Infectious diseases have proved to have the potential to keep negatively interrupting the industry. COVID 19 pandemic has impacted the aviation industry in a way that we simply haven’t seen before, SARS and MERs previous outbreaks, favoured the industry to be more familiar with procedures.
As a big portion of the world is in containment and waiting for a vaccine, new development in technologies would lead to reduced time required to access to safe and effective vaccines in the future.
In a world where international movement is extremely important and where new virus and epidemics can easily spread, airlines would take a leading part in ensuring doing their upmost effort to control and monitor future outbreaks in their operations.
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