Aircraft manufacturer Airbus has revealed the latest findings from a two-year global consultation involving more than 1.75 million people, which indicate that passengers want more sustainable, less stressful, and more frequent flying in the future.
The survey found that 63% of people worldwide say they will fly more by 2050 and 96% believe that aircraft will need to be more sustainable or eco-efficient. Furthermore, almost 40% believe that air travel is becoming increasingly stressful. Another 60% do not think that social media will replace the need to see people face-to-face.
“Aviation is the real worldwide web,” said Charles Champion, Airbus’ Executive Vice President of Engineering. “The results of the survey show that there is nothing better than face-to-face contact. The world is woven together by a web of flights that creates ever-expanding social and economic networks: 57 million jobs; 35% of world trade, and US$2.2 trillion in global GDP [gross domestic product].”
The results also revealed that 86% of people believe sustainable flights are achievable through less fuel burn, and 85% believe a reduction in carbon emissions will help future flights. Of those surveyed, 66% want quieter aircraft and 65% would prefer aircraft that are fully recyclable.
However, Mr Champion believes that as more people fly, there will be more complaints about aspects of the flying experience, such as queues at passport control, slow check-ins and baggage collection, sitting on the tarmac, and circling in holding patterns around airports.
He said: “Capacity constraints are a sign of things to come unless the industry can work together to cut delays, and with aviation set to double in the next 15 years, that’s what we’re looking at.”